Man Sets Girlfriend on Fire in Upper West Side Apartment

NY Daily News - June 13, 2018


Cops are hunting a Manhattan man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire during an argument in their Upper West Side apartment Tuesday, officials said. The woman was screaming for help in the hallway of the Douglass Houses on Columbus Ave. near W. 100th St. when a neighbor wrapped her in a sheet and doused the flames.

“She was knocking on everybody’s door. She was hollering for help,” said quick-thinking neighbor Bonnie Chapman, a security guard on disability. “I grab a sheet and put her out.” Cops said the woman’s boyfriend, Larry McGloster, 26, doused her with an unknown substance and set her on fire during an argument in their eighth-floor apartment at 11:45 a.m. She suffered severe trauma and burns.

Medics rushed the woman to Harlem Hospital in critical condition.

The boyfriend fled the apartment and ran east on W. 100th St., cops said.

Police describe him as 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds. He wore a white shirt and dark pants.

The incident followed a similar incident in the Bronx Saturday, when a man doused his ex-girlfriend with lighter fluid and set her on fire.

Both died in that blaze. The woman’s roommate jumped out of a second story window to escape the flames.

Another neighbor described the suspect as “a very good kid.”

“He just has a little problem,” the neighbor said. “But I don’t think he would mean to hurt anyone intentionally.”

Cops are asking anyone with information about McGloster to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

With John Annese