Boyfriend Arrested After Setting Woman Ablaze in Manhattan Apartment: NYPD

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  • A woman was attacked with a hammer, then set on fire, allegedly by her boyfriend in a Harlem apartment building, police say
  • Neighbors found the 32-year-old victim in flames and screaming for help in the hallway of the building on Columbus Avenue
  • Police later arrested Larry McGloster, 26, and charged him with attempted murder in the gruesome attack

Police say they've arrested the man suspected of attacking a 32-year-old woman with a hammer, then setting her on fire in a Manhattan apartment building Tuesday. 

Larry McGloster, 26, has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, assault, arson and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Attorney information for him wasn't immediately available. 

Police sources say he lived in the same Upper West Side building, but not the same apartment, as the victim, at 825 Columbus Ave. Neighbors told News 4 they heard the woman screaming in the hallway, then saw her smoldering.

"I opened the door, and there was a lot of black smoke, and a lady on fire, and I just put her out," said neighbor Bonnie Chapman. "I just grabbed my blanket off the bed and just put her out. I just wrapped it around her and patted her down."

Police say the victim had been doused with a substance, then set on fire. She was taken to Harlem Hospital, where she remains in critical condition with burns to her body. 

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