Man arrested in slaying of woman tied up, burned alive in NYC: cops

Police arrested a suspect this week in the murder of a woman found burned to death inside a Brooklyn apartment more than two months ago.

Lashawn Duffie, 28, was charged with murder and kidnapping Tuesday in connection to the heinous Nov. 11 slaying of 40-year-old Sugerys Ramirez – with whom he was in an unspecified domestic relationship, authorities said. 

Ramirez was discovered unconscious inside a second-floor apartment in a building on Van Siclen Avenue near Fulton Street in Cypress Hills following an early-morning blaze, cops said. 

Duffie is accused of tying her up and setting her on fire, burning her alive, authorities said.


Lashawn Duffie, 28, is accused of tying up 40-year-old Sugerys Ramirez and burning her alive, cops said.
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She was pronounced dead by EMS workers. 

A death certificate for Ramirez, released by the city’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, revealed that Ramirez died of “homicidal violence, including thermal injuries,” police said Wednesday.

Police have described her as a squatter.

Another person suffered minor injuries in the blaze but refused medical attention, the FDNY said. 

A dozen units, with 60 fire and EMS personnel, had responded to the inferno.

Duffie’s arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court was pending Wednesday.