A Queens housekeeper was attacked with a blowtorch, burned and beaten by a merciless couple who accused the 54-year-old of stealing from them. Daisy Machuca was assaulted repeatedly by her employers – Devanand Lachman, 32, and his pregnant wife Anbar Lachman, 31 – earlier this month. Machuca alleges the Lachmans kidnapped her inside of their home, threatened her with a knife to prevent her from leaving, beat her, ransacked her home and burned parts of her face and lower body.
Writes the NY Daily News on Feb. 27: “After eight hours of torture, the callous culprits made good on their promise, singing Daisy Machuca’s eyebrows and burning both of her legs.” The Lachmans have since been arrested and charged with felony assault and kidnapping.
Devanand and Anbar said Machuca stole money from them, as well as some of their jewelry, according to the police report. When Machuca arrived for work on Feb. 13, she said Anbar left her two-year-old son with Machuca and left. When Anbar returned, she had her husband Devanand Lachman and another man with her. The two men then assaulted her, beat her with a blunt object, lit up a plumber’s torch and burned her in an attempt to extract the truth from her about her alleged thefts.
Machuca said it appeared the Lachman’s home had been robbed, but her employers insisted that she was responsible. She urged them to call the police, but instead they used brutal tactics to attempt to coerce her into admitting that she stole money and a gold necklace from them. “She told me, ‘Give me my money!’” Machuca said. “I told her, ‘I don’t have the money. I don’t have the chain.’ I said, ‘I don’t have the money.’”
The Daily Mail carried a number of the horrifying pictures of Machuca’s injuries.
After Anbar arrived at home, the foursome drove over to Machuca’s home, keeping her at bay with a knife, and “tore apart her property” while ooking for their pilfered goods and money, according to the police affidavit. When they arrived, Machuca’s housemate Oscar Ramirez was home. Machuca said they told him not to move, or else they would kill her with the knife. The Lachmans and another man then beat them both, stole their cell phones and left.
Machuca and Ramirez both had to be treated at the hospital for their injuries. “They kept punching, one guy this side, the other guy the other side,” Machuca said to a translator. “I thought they would kill me.” Devanand Lachman remains jailed; his wife was released on bail.
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