Yonkers man convicted of assault for pouring hot oil on homeless man

A Yonkers resident accused of badly burning a homeless man by throwing hot oil on him from a second-floor window last August was convicted today — his 29th birthday — of  assault.

Kyron Bowden was found guilty of first-degree assault and third-degree weapon possession, both felonies, by Westchester County Judge James Hubert after a two-day bench trial in county court in White Plains.

According to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, Bowden demanded that the 55-year-old victimleave the alleyway of his Chestnut Street apartment early on Aug. 21, 2009. When the man stayed, Bowden  heated up a metal pot filled with cooking oil, went to a stairwell window and poured the oil on him.

Police said they found the victim running and screaming “in excruciating pain” on Oak Street, about a block away.

The victim was burned over 35 percent of his body and had first- second- and third- degree burns over his upper body,  prosecutors said. He spent a month in the hospital and had two skin grafts.

A witness told police that Bowden had an argument with the victim and tossed the hot oil onto him, police said. The officers then found Bowden and took him into custody.

Bowden. who has been held on $5,000 bail since his arrest, will be sentenced Oct. 21. He faces up to 25 years in state prison.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.