Police are investigating the suspected robbery of a 26-year-old man who was found naked and badly burned in the lobby of a Polo Grounds building at 8th Ave. and 155th St. in Manhattan. Trevor Lyons' clothes were found on the 16th floor of the building, where it appears he was attacked at about 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
Lyons was attending what the Daily News described as a "drug-fueled party" in the building. He is not a resident of the building where he was burned, but lives with his mother in the nearby Rangel Houses. A neighbor described him as a lovable person.
FDNY investigators believe that someone doused Lyons with gasoline and used a match to start the fire. Police suspect the motive for the attack was robbery, but are still investigating the circumstances of the incident. A homeless man was attacked in East Harlem last year with a towel soaked in gasoline that was then lit on fire. Police initially suspected teenagers, but the culprit turned out to be a Bronx man whose own father was homeless.