The NYC man charged with burning a woman to death Saturday murdered his victim because he believed she owed him money, cops say.
Jerome Isaac, 47, turned himself in to police after surveillance video showed the handyman dousing 73-year-old Delores Gillespie with gasoline and lighting her on fire in her Prospect Heights apartment building elevator.
“He indicated that he was responsible for setting a fire – he didn’t say anything about a homicide,” said Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman.
“Since then, he has made statements implicating himself in the attack.”
He claimed Gillespie owed him a total of $2,000 for maintenance work, a police source said.