Police are still searching for one of the three people who held a 54-year-old woman against her will, burned, and beat her earlier this month.
A Queens couple is accused of kidnapping the woman, who worked for them as a housekeeper, because they thought she stole a gold chain and money from them, according to court records. She was held inside the couple's Bayside home on Friday, Feb. 13 from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Devanand Lachman, 32, and his wife, 21-year-old Ambar Lachman, were charged with second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
The woman was burned and repeatedly struck during the attack, police said. They had several knives, a pistol, and a hand torch, according to the criminal complaint.
They allegedly punched her several times, according to the criminal complaint, before the third suspect ignited the hand torch and waved it in her face.
They then got into Ambar's truck, allegedly pressed a knife against the woman's side, and drove to her Port Washington home to search for the missing money and jewelry. The husband then threatened her that he would come back tomorrow and if she didn't have what he was looking for, he would kill her.
Devanand Lachman was held without bail during his arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on Feb. 15. Ambar Lachman was released on $50,000 bail. Their next court appearance is scheduled for March 2.
Attorney's for both did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The victim was taken was hospitalized and treated for burns to her face and legs as well as bruising to her body.
The third suspect, who is still on the loose, is described as a 30-to-35-year-old man, about 6-feet, with a medium build.