The man suspected of attacking his girlfriend with a hammer and setting her on fire has been arrested, according to Manhattan police.
Larry McGloster, 26, is accused of attacking his 32-year-old girlfriend, Alicia Avery, with a hammer, then dousing her with accelerant and setting her on fire. The attack reportedly happened at the apartment of McGloster’s mom at the Frederick Douglass Houses in the Upper West Side at 825 Columbus Ave. Neighbors told News 4 that they heard the woman screaming in the hallway for help, then saw her on fire. One neighbor came out and helped the smoldering woman.
“She was hollering for help,” neighbor Bonnie Chapman told ABC 7. “This girl was hollering for help and banging on doors.”
“There was all this black smoke out there,” she said. “I couldn’t even see her, that’s how dark the smoke was. So I peeked my head out and seen her on fire in a fetal position. So I just pulled a blanket off my bed and put her out.”
The victim was taken to Harlem Hospital with serious injuries including “bleeding gashes to her head, skull fractures, damaged teeth." She remains there where she is listed in critical but stable condition with burns to her body.
Police were looking for McGloster, but he eventually walked into the 24th precinct and turned himself in the day after the attack; he was accompanied by a lawyer. McGloster has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, assault, arson, and criminal possession of a weapon.