A Manhattan man accused of using a hammer to beat his girlfriend before setting her on fire and fleeing turned himself into police and has been ordered held without bail.
Larry McGloster, 26, surrendered in Westchester County just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. He was retrieved by NYPD detectives and taken to the 24th precinct in Harlem, where he was charged with attempted murder, arson and assault, police said in a news release.
Alicia Avery, 32, suffered burns covering 90% of her body, skull fractures, missing teeth as well as several “bleeding gashes to her head” and is in critical condition at a local hospital, according to the criminal complaint filed against McGloster on Thursday, obtained by Oxygen.com.
McGloster allegedly hit Avery repeatedly with a hammer before dousing her with turpentine and lighting her on fire, police say. The terrible attack happened minutes before noon on Tuesday, at McGloster’s mother’s apartment in the Frederick Douglass Houses, according to cops.
After being set on fire, Avery — burning, bloody and missing teeth — ran up and down the hallway outside of the apartment, banging on doors and screaming for help. Only one person opened their door — Bonnie Chapman, according to reports.
"She just kept saying, 'Help, please, somebody help me, help me.’ That's all she kept saying,” Chapman told PIX11 News, a local television station.
"I had to look out of my door and then I see her on fire," Chapman said. "I mean, she was on fire."
Then Avery fell to the ground and curled up “in a fetal position," Chapman said, so Chapman grabbed a blanket, put the fire out and called 911.
In the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital the paramedic treating Avery asked her if she had done it to herself, but she “shook her head ‘no,'" according to the criminal complaint against McGloster.
The paramedic then asked Avery who did this. "She identified the defendant by name,” the criminal complaint says.
Late Thursday afternoon McGloster was arraigned before Manhattan Criminal Court judge Suzanne Adams, who ordered him held without bail.
A man who identified himself as Avery’s other boyfriend, Eddie Williams, told the New York Daily News that in the hospital Avery was “breathing on her own. They are trying to get her wounds closed up,” he told the newspaper.
“She’s in a lot of pain. I hope she makes it through.”