The man who burned a woman alive in a horrific murder in Brooklyn last year flew away after destroying her comic books and video game console, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Lashawn Duffie, 28, was held on bail after arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court, where he faced murder and kidnapping charges in the murder of Surgerys Ramirez.
Prosecutors said the violence began outside Ramirez’s apartment building on Van Siclen Avenue near Fulton St. in Cypress Hills on November 11, when Duffie confronted the victim about the ruin of his business earlier.
He was also furious with Ramirez, 40, because Duffie believed she was “sleeping,” prosecutors said. The two previously had a relationship, although details are unknown.
Duffie beat up a friend of Ramirez’s who was standing with her outside the building and robbed him of $800, prosecutors said.
After the robbery, he went to a nearby bodega, where he was filmed buying string, lighter fluid and a lighter, they added.
He returned to Ramirez’s apartment building, beat her, tied her to a chair, and poured accelerator on her. He then lit a match and left the woman to burn alive in the apartment.
A witness told police he saw her tied up and Duffie doused her with lighter fluid, but he inexplicably walked away without trying to stop the crazed man, prosecutors said.
The city medical examiner determined that Ramirez died of severe burns and lethal violence.
Duffie’s defense attorney told the court that he lives in a shelter and has a child.
He was held on $500,000 cash bond or $1 million bond, which he did not post.