Friday
April
18
2014
4:31 pm
Weather
  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 

Check out our archive of Dining Guides - Yum!

Arrest made in bus passenger set on fire
November 06, 2013, 05:00 AM The Associated Press

Police in Northern California arrested a teenager Tuesday on suspicion of setting a man on fire while riding on a bus during rush hour.

Oakland Police investigators and school police officers took a 16-year-old boy into custody Tuesday afternoon, police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said.

The teen, who is being questioned by investigators, could face possible charges including assault with a deadly weapon, Watson added. His name has not been released.

“This is a horrific crime when a human being thinks it’s OK to set another on fire,” said Watson, who called it a “senseless act.”

The incident occurred when the passenger was asleep and wearing a kilt-like piece of clothing was set ablaze by another passenger on the rear of an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit bus in Oakland shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, transit spokesman Clarence Johnson said Tuesday.

The passenger woke up after he noticed his clothing was on fire. He tried to put it out himself when other passengers came to his aid to help put out the flames that severely burned his legs, Johnson said.

Once the bus driver realized what happened, he stopped the bus and called for assistance, Johnson added.

The suspect fled the scene before police arrived.

The victim was taken to the burn center at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco where he is in stable condition with second- and third-degree burns, authorities said.

His name has not been officially released.

A motive also has not been released as investigators are reviewing surveillance video on the bus, which had at least a dozen other passengers onboard, authorities said.

“We have a lot of witnesses who saw what happened and provided information to the officers on the scene that will help us move this case forward,” Watson said.

 

 

Tags: police, watson, johnson, passenger, investigators, tuesday,


Other stories from today:

Man arrested for human trafficking
Incumbents win in Burlingame: Third place still tight, with Ortiz 10 votes over Cohen
String of San Carlos auto burglaries
 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
What does the Easter bunny do when he visits your house?

Leave baskets for the kids
Hide eggs
Leave healthy treats
Hasn't been to my house in years

 

 
Tabbed Structure - Regular
 
 
 
 
 
 
Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
ACAPULCO, Mexico — A powerful, magnitude-7.5 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Frida..
Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12
KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing ..
Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings
DONETSK, Ukraine — Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian in..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2014 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County legal notices