Homeless man dies after being set on fire while he slept inside Manhattan stairwell

Nathaniel Terry, 27, who lives in the building, was arrested and charged


                            Homeless man dies after being set on fire while he slept inside Manhattan stairwell
An homeless man died days after he was set on fire while he slept inside a Manhattan stairwell (New York Post)
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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: A homeless man died days after he was set on fire while he slept inside a Manhattan stairwell earlier this month. Footage of the harrowing attack, obtained by the New York Post, shows the fire engulfing the victim's body after the perpetrator took a lighter to the man’s left leg at Samuel Gompers Houses on Pitt Street.

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New York Post obtained a video that showed the attacker fleeing the scene after committing the crime. A second man can be seen walking over by the victim, who is unidentified, as the flames engulf the building. Within moments, the flames completely inundate the victim. The homeless man succumbed to his injuries on Thursday, November 18. On the day when the incident took place, the accused, Nathaniel Terry, 27, who lives in the building, was arrested. The incident has now been ruled a homicide

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In another recent incident, a shocking video of two New York Police Department (NYPD) brutalizing a homeless man repeatedly until he was knocked to the ground unconscious has emerged on the Internet. The cops were out to clear the multiple homeless encampments that have sprung up in the city overrun with crime. The video begins with an officer trying to detain a man on a MacDougal Street sidewalk near Greenwich village. It is not clear when the incident took place where two officers pushed a vagrant to the ground, one held his arms behind his back while the other landed punch after punch on the man till he lost consciousness. The cop punched the homeless man six times in the head and midsection while another cop held his hand behind. 

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In May this year, a Washington man killed a homeless man "as practice" just months before he fatally shot his ex-wife. According to prosecutor Dale Nagy, the murder suspect shot the homeless man in the head in April 2020. The victim's body was reportedly found in a Spokane alleyway in Washington state. Four months later, the suspect, identified as Nathan Beal, was charged with premeditated murder for killing his ex-wife Mary Schaffer in August 2020. Prosecutor Nagy alleged in court on Friday, May 7, that Beal had shot the homeless man, identified as 30-year-old Andrew Michael Bull, in the head on April 3, 2020. Nagy claimed authorities "believe the killing (of Bull) was done by Mr Beal as practice". Beal had originally been arrested for August 8, 2020, killing 32-year-old Schaffer and has since been charged with first-degree premeditated murder. He remains in custody on a $1M bond but hasn't been charged yet in connection with Bull's death, as per online court records. Spokesman-Review, who broke the story about Nagy's allegations, also wrote that the prosecutor had alleged last week in court that Beal became a suspect in Bull's murder after a jailhouse informant had come forward saying Beal admitted to it. The informant claimed Beal had admitted he shot Bull because he was "curious", adding that it was for "practice". 

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