A Brooklyn subway passenger who fell asleep on the subway woke up in flames with a laughing teen standing over him.
NYPD said the man, Piotr Olszewski, 30, was on his way home from a friend’s house when he fell asleep on the G train to Queens at about 2:30 a.m. early Friday morning.
The train had just pulled into the Court Square station in Long Island City, when another passenger on the train, Christopher Jackson, 18, purposely set Olszewski’s clothes on fire.
Olszewski told CBS news, “I was screaming from the pain. He was enjoying it. He was still there next to me.”
Olszewski said he had to put himself out with his bare hands.
Two New York Metropolitan Transit Authority conductors at the station tried to put out Olszewski as he stumbled off the train and onto to the subway platform, engulfed in flames.
Jackson, also from Brooklyn, just stood there on the train platform laughing at the man and didn’t even try to run.
According to The New York Daily News, a transit worker overheard the suspect calling a friend on his cell phone and was bragging about what he had just done. The transit worker called cops and halted the train in the station to prevent Jackson from escaping.
When the NYPD responded and investigated, Christopher Jackson was arrested at the scene and charged with arson, reckless endangerment and assault. He was ordered held on $50,000 bail during a brief arraignment Friday night.
Olszewski suffered second-degree burns on his hands and arm and was taken to a NYC hospital.
New York City Court document show Jackson has a strange history of lighting fires. Jackson had previously been charged with setting an arson fire in a trash can at Queens Vocational and Technical High School and two other sites back in October.
Olszewski said he hopes Jackson will get jail time and that something is done to better protect subway riders.
The shaken victim said it took all of his courage to get back on the train after getting out of the hospital burn unit.
Olszewski told the news, “It’s not safe, people getting pushed onto the tracks. You know what I mean? Stabbed, robbed and now me catching on fire. Ridiculous.”
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