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Oakland police seeking suspect who set AC Transit passenger on fire

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Investigators are trying to locate a suspect who intentionally set an AC Transit passenger on fire in Oakland on Monday evening, police said. 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., police said. 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. Police said the man is in stable condition this morning.

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. A description of the suspect has not yet been released. The AC Transit passengers who were on the bus were picked up by another bus, Johnson said. Anyone with information about the assault or about the suspect is urged to call the Oakland Police Department’s Major Crimes Section at (510) 238-3426 or the anonymous tip line at (510) 777-2805. The motive for the crime remains under investigation.

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