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Police search for one of three people who held a woman against her will, burned and beat her With Torch Until She Confessed to Stealing:

A maid was held against her will at a home she cleans by her employers, then beaten and burned with a torch until she admitted to swiping the goods, police said.

 Police sources said a man kidnapped a maid and tortured her until she confessed to swiping money and jewelry from his home. 

Police sources said a man kidnapped a maid and tortured her until

she confessed to swiping money and jewelry from his home.  


Investigators are now looking for an unidentified man who assisted in the attack.

The 54-year-old victim was working at the Bayside home of Devanand and Ambar Lachman on Friday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. when Devanand and an unknown man entered and held her against her will, according to the district attorney's office. 

Both were armed with knives and a pistol, she told police. 

They demanded the housekeeper return money and a gold chain they believe she took from the home, the criminal complaint said. 

Lachman and the unknown man punched the victim several times in her face and body during the attack, the criminal complaint said.

Then the unknown suspect waved a hand torch in the victim's face, burning her eyebrows, then later turned it to her leg which caused a burn, court documents said.

Police said Ambar Lachman arrived later and drove them all to the victim's Port Washington home to search it for the chain and cash, according to the criminal complaint.

During that time, the maid was kept in the back with a knife pressed against her neck.

Devanand Lachman allegedly told the victim that if the items were not returned the next day, he would kill her, the DA's office said. The trio then drove off.

A police source said the housekeeper fessed up to taking the jewelry and cash, but she hasn't been charged with anything. 

The victim was later taken to a local hospital where she was treated for burns to her face and legs, and for bruising on her body, police said. The extent of her injuries was not known.

The Lachmans were arrested and charged the next day for assault, kidnapping and weapons possession, the DA's office said. 

Devanand, whose lawyer declined to comment, was ordered held without bail. Ambar, whose lawyer could not be reached, was released on $50,000 bail, the DA's office said. They are due back in court March 2. 

Police are searching for the third man, who they say is between 30 and 35 years old and 6 feet tall.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  

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Comment by Dominick smith on June 27, 2020 at 11:17am

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Comment by leroy mcleod on March 1, 2015 at 7:34am
Really, you just read the story and decide, she is guilty? What kind of person are you ? If she took their stuff why not call the pow would you like to be accused and tortured. One is innocent until proven guilty.
Comment by CARIBBEAN QUEEN on February 28, 2015 at 3:58pm


Comment by Elaine Jackson on February 28, 2015 at 1:52pm
She was wrong for stealing from her boss. He was wrong for taking the law in to his hands.
Comment by Sherri on February 28, 2015 at 9:48am
WELL GOD DAM!!!!! Stealing frm Ya BOSS is a NO-NO, Why bite tha hands tha feed U...she was really NOT SMART about her decision. I kno gold can give u $$$ at these Gold Shops. Whatever happen to jus askin UR BOSS.

But her DUM ASS employer, think he was living in the early 1900's with tha burning s*** on a human. KKK members are starting to exist in the Black race. You don't ever never feel U got tha right to punish a person like tha. He/She burned her eyebrows off they could have gave her a 3rd degree burn.

I hope the judge give him straight KARMA.. And missy who got burned needs sum punishment too...
Comment by Lynn on February 28, 2015 at 9:25am
It must have been a helll of a lot of money for her to take that ads whipping.
Comment by GospelPan on February 27, 2015 at 9:26pm

The devils children are growing in number...the love of many shall wax cold.

Comment by BIIGMANN on February 27, 2015 at 6:17pm
Comment by Michael Gaddy on February 27, 2015 at 1:08pm
Damn, shame!
Comment by junior on February 27, 2015 at 12:48pm
Stealing from your Employer I don't condone it, but the punishment surely does not fit the crime. These Guys are acting like judges, jury and executioner and the Judge must show no mercy.

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