NY Post - June 13, 2018by Lorena Mongelli, Sydney Denmark, Larry Celona, Stephanie Pagones and Tina Moore
A woman was bludgeoned with a hammer, then set on fire and left for dead inside an Upper West Side apartment building — and now cops are on the hunt for her boyfriend, police and law enforcement sources said.
The victim, engulfed in flames, ran up and down the eighth-floor hallway of the building in the Frederick Douglass Houses around 11:45 a.m., pounding on doors and screaming for help, said a good Samaritan who came to her aid.
“I kept hearing someone say, ‘Help me! Help me!” said Bonnie Chapman, a resident of the sprawling complex at Columbus Avenue and West 100th Street. “All I did was open my door and I see a person on fire.”
“I just grabbed a sheet and wrapped her in it and laid her down,” said Chapman, 58. “She was in a fetal position. She just kept saying, ‘Help. Somebody please help me, help me,’ [all] balled up.”
With the flames extinguished, the extent of the woman’s horrific injuries became even more apparent.
“Her clothes were actually stuck to her body,” said Chapman. “It looked like a ‘Carrie’ scene.”
“She was bloodied from head to toe.”
The woman, 32, had also been severely beaten with a hammer, and had even lost teeth in the attack, police sources said.
First responders rushed the victim to Harlem Hospital, where she’s listed in critical condition but is expected to survive.
Cops are now searching for her 26-year-old boyfriend — identified by sources and neighbors as Larry McGloster — who lives in the building.
An accelerant was found in his family’s apartment, as was the hammer, sources said.