Teenage Troublemaker Sets Sleeping Subway Rider On Fire And Brags About It

An 18-year-old with a series of arrests was overheard bragging about his latest victim over the phone.

By Benjamin H. Smith

A troubled teenager with a history of violence has been arrested after setting a slumbering train passenger ablaze on a New York City subway train.

Eighteen-year-old Christopher Jackson set the arm of his unsuspecting victim’s jacket on fire as the crosstown G train, which carries passengers from Queens to Brooklyn, pulled into its final stop at Court Square around 2:30 am Friday morning.  He was nabbed after a transit worker overheard him bragging about the blaze to a friend on his cellphone.

After overhearing the braggadocios firebug, the transit worker held Jackson’s train in the station and called 911. Police arrested him and charged him with arson, reckless endangerment and assault. His unnamed 30-year-old victim was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell with second and third-degree burns to his right hand and arm, according to NBC 4 News.

Prior, the teen was picked up on December 6 for puncturing a tire with a box cutter, according to the New York Daily News. On Oct. 19, he was charged with reckless endangerment and arson after being spotted lighting a garbage can and a fence on fire in Long Island City. And in 2015, he was arrested for fighting with a fellow student at Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City, not far from the scene of his latest crime. 

[Photo: NBC 4 News]

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