PROSPECT HEIGHTS, N.Y. (PIX11)—A man accused of torching a Brooklyn grandmother in an elevator and burning her to death over money was formally charged with her murder in a Brooklyn courtroom Monday.
Cops say 47-year-old Jerome Issac confessed to burning Deloris Gillespie alive over $2,000 he believed she owed him for odd jobs he had done.
The Brooklyn man is suspected of turning 73-year-old Deloris Gillespie into a human torch Saturday in the elevator of an apartment building in Prospect Heights.
Isaac, who police sources described as "pure evil," has so far been charged with first and second degree murder, and a single count of arson for the death Gillespie.
Reportedly wreaking of gasoline, Issac turned himself into police Sunday night, but not before he set his own apartment on fire.
The horrific scene played out around 4 p.m. at the six-story building located at 203 Underhill Ave. Gillespie was in the elevator on the fifth floor, when the doors opened.
Police say that's when Issac -- who was laying in wait for her and dressed like an exterminator with white gloves and a surgical mask -- used a tubed canister, similar to one an exterminator would use, to douse her in gasoline then proceeded to use a barbecue lighter to set her on fire.
Authorities say Gillespie was burnt beyond recognition. Issac was also burned on the left side of his face.
The whole thing was caught on surveillance video; the suspect ran off, but not before being caught on surveillance cameras in the elevator and in the front and back of the building.
Elevator company workers were called to the scene. The fire marshal was also there to make sure the building was safe, but as of 9 p.m., no decision had been made. People living on the first floor were allowed to remain in their apartments, but firefighters evacuated everyone else.
Five others suffered minor injuries and were rushed to a local hospital.
This was Issac's way of getting payback for firing him, relatives telling cops Gillespie sacked Isaac -- after she caught him stealing. Her nephew also told investigators he left a list of chores on Gillespie's door, for which he demanded payment of approximately $2,000.
Carmen Martinez -- speaking in Spanish -- told PIX11 News, she couldn't believe what happened to her neighbor of 30 years, who many described as a kind and loving woman, who often helped others with money or whatever they needed.
MIKE GILLIAM CONTRIBUTED TO THIS STORY