A homeless man is in critical condition after sustaining life-threatening second and third-degree burns to his entire body when someone set him on fire in the street Wednesday.
The unidentified 39-year-old victim was sleeping outside the See Dai Doo Society building in Honolulu when the assailant approached him, a witness said.
“He (the suspect) had his hand outreached, and he was lighting the other person on fire,” she said.
“It was just a huge fireball of a person; he was running, arms waving in the air. His jacket was practically melted on his body,” she recalled.
“Somebody kept screaming for him to take off his jacket. He couldn’t. it was part of him. It was so long that he was on fire. Even when he was on the ground, it took so long for them to get all the flames out.”
The suspect, who fled in a four-door Volkswagen sedan, was wearing a maroon hoodie. Authorities said that the victim had escaped an attempted attack nearly three hours prior to the incident.