A New York couple, from Bayside, Queens New York was arrested on felony assault, unlawful imprisonment and felony kidnapping. Devanand Lachman, 32 and pregnant Ambar Lachman, 31, believed that their housekeeper, Daisy Machuea, 54 was stealing money and jewelry from their home, approximately $8,000 and a gold chain. To discover if she had stolen the items, the maid was kidnapped and beaten in the couple’s New York home.
Machuea was cleaning the Lachman’s home, at 1pm February, Friday the 13th. Then a man she did not know entered the home with Devanand and held her against her will. They both had knives and a gun. The two men punched her in the face and body several times. The unknown assailant put a plumber’s torch in her face and then against her leg, burning her.
She was also held at knife point while they would question her. Whenever she stated that she had not taken anything, the third man would burn her with a plumber’s torch on her face, hair and legs. The two men beat her with a blunt object and threatened her with a gun and a knife. The beatings and torture continued over an eight hour period.
Machuea, the New York maid was tired of the beatings and being held against her will so she told the Lachman’s she had the items at her home on Long Island, New York. She just wanted the torture to stop, she said. She states that she did not steal anything from the Lachman’s home. The threesome put Machuea in the car, at knife point, and drove her to her Long Island, New York home. Machuea’s housemate, Oscar Ramirez was watching television when the threesome knocked on the door. When he opened the door they were holding a knife to Machuea’s throat and demanding all their valuables.
Ramirez was told, “If you move, the other guy will kill her.” The threesome took their cellphones and then they tore apart the home in search of their missing items. They did not leave without also beating Ramirez, leaving him with some severe injuries of his own. Machuea and Ramirez were told that if the money was not returned the next day, Machuea would be killed.
Machuea and Ramirez called the New York Police Department and were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries after being held against their will and beaten. The Lachman’s were arrested the next day and charged with assault and kidnapping.
Devanand Lachman is being held without bail in a New York county jail, while Ambar Lachman, his pregnant wife has posted her $50,000 bail. The third man involved is still at large. The couple has been reported as not being cooperative with the police and they will not say who the missing accomplice is.
The police have a sketch of the Lachman’s accomplice. If you know this man, have seen this man, or anything about this case please call New York Crime Stoppers. This man kidnapped and tortured a New York maid, do not approach him. He is described as a six-foot-tall male, of medium build, between the ages of 30 to 35 years old. If anyone with information concerning the missing man please contact the Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
By Jeanette Smith
Photo courtesy of New York Police Department