NEW YORK — An 89-year-old Bronx woman was beaten and suffered severe burns when a suspect threw boiling water on her during a home invasion, police said Saturday.
The heartless crime happened Thursday in the Allerton section of an apartment on Boston Road. Police made an arrest on Saturday, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.
The woman, who was hospitalized with burns all over her body, lived on the 12th floor of a seniors’ building run by NYCHA.
“It’s terrible,” said neighbor Sonia Seguinot.
Seguinot saw police in the hallway Friday morning after a 911 call from one of the elderly victim’s relatives found her burned on the apartment floor.
Thursday afternoon’s home invasion turned shockingly violent after the intruder demanded money and poured boiling water over the elderly person, investigators said.
Police said the suspect left with the keys to the woman’s house.
“She must be sick. I can’t understand otherwise,” Seguinot said.
“It could have been anyone suffering from this, you know, it’s very terrifying,” said Shanice Spratley, a resident of Allerton.
On Friday night, the NYPD arrested Ebony Graham, 31, and charged her with attempted murder, robbery, assault, burglary, arson and criminal trespassing.
Victim recovery includes treatment of burns described as severe, but not fatal.
The building’s mostly elderly resident said he was scared and wanted better safety.
“Anyone can enter,” said Gilberto Morales.
Morales showed CBS2 a broken lock on the entrance to the building. He and others are demanding it be fixed and they want 24 hour guards.