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Suspect Seen on Video Setting Elderly Man on Fire in Chinatown


Video footage shows an elderly man being set on fire in Honolulu’s Chinatown Tuesday morning.

Around 8 a.m. Honolulu firefighters and Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the Chinatown Cultural Plaza located in the 100 block of N. Beretania Street, KITV 4 reports. When they arrived they treated a 79-year-old man who had first and second-degree burns on his back and neck, Star Adviser reports.

Video footage shows a man following the elderly man into the plaza. The suspect stops to grab something from his backpack and then lights the back of the elderly man’s shirt on fire, KHON 2 reports.

Police have not yet released photos of the suspect.

Chu Lan Shubert-Kwok, president of the Chinatown business and community association, told KHON 2 she knows the victim.

“This old man is a well known character,” Shubert-Kwock said. “He is in Chinatown every hour, everywhere.”

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