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article imageAlleged suspect turns self in

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By Gar Swaffar     Dec 18, 2011 in Crime
New York - From yesterday's article of a truly horrific crime, today comes the report of a man turning himself in at police headquarters for the act of homicide.
The article yesterday detailing the death by incendiary device and being sprayed with an accelerant covers the gruesome details of how the victim was apparently ambushed at her apartment building.
Jerome Issac is 47 years old and reportedly turned himself in last night for the act of "starting a fire" and at the time reeked of gasoline, Issac is not reported to have mentioned Gillespie in his admission, nor is he reported to have an attorney at this time.
Residents in the building were evacuated last night and some remain unable to access their apartments still. One resident is Jaime Holguin, who also lives on the fifth floor where Gillespie lived. Holguin is the manager of news development for The Associated Press and had knew Gillespie as one of the buildings residents.
Holguin and his girlfriend had seen the pictures of the suspect which had been distributed by police in the quest to identify the suspect. "We were like, 'Oh, my God!'"
Holguin had apparently spoken casually with the man while the suspect had been staying with Gillespie for several months in 2010 and had more recently seen Issac hanging around outside the building.
The disheveled appearance of Issac at the time was noticed by Holguin. police are reported as stating the assailant was probably already in the building when Holguin and his girlfriend left the apartment floor and building.
Paul Browne, the New York Police spokesman was quoted as saying, Jerome Issac has been arrested and charged with murder and arson in the incident, no hearing date has been announced.
Update:
It is also reported at MSNBC, Issac claimed he doused Gillespie with gasoline because he was angry that she owed him $2,000 for work he had done.
Issac is also alleged to have started a second arson fire at his own apartment building a few blocks away after leaving Gillespie's building.
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