An arsonist was caught on tape setting fire to a Staten Island gas station early Monday morning. The alarmingly stupid video shows him jumping back—as if in shock that his match has ignited all the gas he's sprayed on the ground:
According to the NYPD, the incident took place around 1:50 a.m. on July 30th, at the gas pumps outside of the 7-Eleven at 1705 Richmond Avenue. Police say the genius they're looking for "filled a portable gas can with gasoline" and then he "sprayed gasoline around it and used a lit piece of paper to ignite a fire."
The suspect apparently went to the gas station to first buy the canister that he's seen filling.
The fire was extinguished by the station's fire suppression system. A 21-year-old man in the vicinity suffered internal injuries and was removed to Richmond University Medical Center in serious but stable condition.
The suspect, who fled the location, is being sought for arson. He was last seen wearing a light colored long-sleeved shirt, dark colored shorts and dark colored slippers. Police say he arrived at the location inside of a blue mini-van.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.