NYC Subway Rider Sets Fellow Passenger Afire, Tracked, Arrested By Cellphone He Also Stole

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: NYPD officers patrol the subway platform at the Atlantic Avenue subway station on April 13, 2022 in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. A manhunt is underway for a gunman who shot 10 people, critically injuring five on the N train during Tuesday's morning rush hour. The suspect, wearing a gas mask, tossed smoke grenades on the floor and fired 33 shots before leaving the scene. At least 13 other commuters suffered injuries due to smoke inhalation, falls, and panic attacks. The police on Tuesday evening named a "person of interest" in the mass shooting and believe that they have found his personal belongings left on the train that includes a Glock 9-millimeter handgun and a key to a U-Haul van. Mayor Eric Adams this morning announced that Frank James, the "person of interest" is now considered a suspect. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

A New York City subway rider on Saturday afternoon  lit a cup of flammable liquid, then threw it at a stranger, setting his shirt aflame and burning him on a downtown subway train in Manhattan, according to police.

The 49-year-old suspect threw the flaming liquid on the 23-year-old stranger as the downtown 1 train pulled into the Houston Street station about 2:45 p.m., cops said.

The passenger’s upper torso was burned, and he was taken to the burn unit at NewYork Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center where he was last reported to be in stable condition.

The suspect also allegedly stole a woman’s cell phone that she had dropped near the station’s turnstile, before running to the street, cops said.

Cops tracked the woman’s cell phone to hunt down the suspect at Canal and Renwick streets, where they took him into custody

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