Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photoAn arrest has been made in the case of a man set on fire on an AC Transit bus in Oakland on Monday.

Boy, 16, arrested for allegedly lighting AC Transit passenger on fire

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of intentionally setting an 18-year-old man on fire as he slept on an AC Transit bus on Monday evening, police said.

Oakland police worked with Oakland Unified School District police to identify the suspect. His name will not be released because he is a juvenile, police said.

According to police, the bus was traveling near the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Ardley Avenue, near Interstate Highway 580, when the man was set on fire at about 5:20 p.m.

“He was asleep,” Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. “He woke up and his clothes were on fire.”

<p>When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim suffering from burns to his lower body, according to police.

AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson said the victim was taken to the burn center at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco.

Watson said the teen suffered second- and third-degree burns but is listed in stable condition.

According to Johnson, at least a dozen passengers were on board the AC Transit Line 57 bus when they noticed a man on fire toward the rear of the bus.

Johnson said passengers told the driver what was happening and the driver stopped the bus to call for help, at which point several people exited through the back of the bus.

Police said the perpetrator got off the bus and fled before officers arrived.

Watson said police reviewed footage of the incident captured by a surveillance camera on the bus, and that it appears only one person was involved in the crime.

According to police, no accelerant was used to start the fire. The motive remains under investigation.

AC TransitBay Area Newsburn victimCrimeCrime & CourtsOakland

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Fishermen, port struggling to recover from Pier 45 fire

Loss to fishing industry alone could be in the millions

Texts show Mayor Breed ordering police chief to ‘clear’ out homeless

Newly released text messages are offering the public a behind-the-scenes glimpse of… Continue reading

Thousands march to protest George Floyd’s death

By Ryan Faircloth Star Tribune Thousands of people marched through the streets… Continue reading

‘Shared Spaces’ program will let restaurants, retail expand into outdoor spaces

City to grant permits for use of sidewalks, parking for business operations

Hair salons, barbershops can reopen now, in Stage 3 of Newsom’s plan

By Taryn Luna Los Angeles Times Gov. Gavin Newsom issued welcome news… Continue reading

Most Read