Man charged in fire attack on woman
Witnesses help police find suspect after woman is set ablaze
SCHENECTADY Amy Gilroy knew Kevin M. Boone. They had had words before.
Wednesday night, the words erupted again, police said, ending with Boone dousing her with lighter fluid and setting her on fire.
Boone, 38, of Albany Street, was arrested Thursday afternoon — less than 24 hours after the attack. He faces one count of first-degree assault, a charge that could send him to prison for up to 25 years, if convicted.
Police credited help from the public in leading to the quick arrest.
Witnesses relayed crucial information to police that helped lead to Boone, spokesman Det. Kevin Green said.
“The people in that neighborhood were instrumental in us making this arrest,” Green said. “From people driving by to average citizens who just stopped and helped. Everything came together.”
Gilroy, 40, spent Thursday at the Westchester Medical Center’s Burn Unit, where she was taken for treatment of her injuries.She suffered injuries to her back, shoulders and the side of her face in the 7:45 p.m. attack.
Family members traveled to the downstate hospital Wednesday afternoon to be with her, among them Gilroy’s sister Jacqueline Clute.
Family members were notified of the arrest Thursday afternoon while they were traveling to the hospital, Clute’s son said.
“I was happy, very happy” upon learning of the arrest, Shawn Clute said.
He recalled waking up Thursday to his mother crying.
Boone was located early Thursday afternoon, questioned by police and then charged. He was to be held in the city police lockup until his arraignment this morning in City Court.
Boone, police said, lived in the 1000 block of Albany Street, the same block where Gilroy was attacked.
Police were assisted by several people, even getting descriptions of cars.
A neighbor who did not wish to be identified said he heard yelling and screaming outside and someone saying the woman got burned. He wrote down the license plate numbers of the vehicles fleeing the scene and called police.
Police have not said what the argument may have been about.
Police also reviewed surveillance camera footage, but it was unclear if any of the incident was caught on tape.
Boone was charged by detectives after assistance from state parole officers and the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force.
Boone has spent time in prison on drug and forgery convictions, records show. He was on parole for a 2004 Schenectady drug conviction at the time of Wednesday night’s attack.
He was released on the drug conviction in December. His parole was to continue until September 2010. The conviction stemmed from accusations he possessed heroin in August 2003.
Previously, Boone spent time in prison after admitting to forging a check in 1994. He was also jailed in 1991 after admitting he burglarized a home and stole a handgun, records show.
Wednesday night was also not the first time Gilroy had been attacked.
She was stabbed in February 1989 after a woman broke into her Robinson Street home. The stabbing was the result of an argument the two had over a boyfriend, records show.
Another argument helped lead to her own arrest in 2006, records show. She was accused of flagging down a truck on Emmett Street, climbing onto the step of the cab, then spitting at the driver while refusing to get down, according to papers filed in court.
She was charged then with criminal impersonation and loitering for the purpose of prostitution. She was convicted previously of misdemeanor assault in 2003 and prostitution in 2000 and 2002, spending time in jail on each.