The victim, Piotr Olszewski, is suffering from second-degree burns on his hands and arm. That’s because when he fell asleep on the subway, he was woken by the fire that had started…ON HIS ARM. He and two conductors tried to get the fire out while the teen responsible stood by laughing. How sick can a person get?
Police said he was purposely set ablaze at 2:30 a.m. Friday on the G train as it pulled into the Court Square station in Long Island City, Queens. Olszewski was on his way home to Brooklyn from a friend’s house.
He said he stumbled off the train completely engulfed in flames and smoke. Two conductors saw him and tried to help, but the suspect, identified by police as 18-year-old Christopher Jackson, of Brooklyn, didn’t try to get away. He just stood there, bizarrely laughing.
“I was screaming from the pain.” Olszewski said. “He was enjoying it. He was still there next to me.”
Court records show the same teenager was charged with setting an arson fire in a trash can at Queens Vocational and Technical High School and two other sites back in October.