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Maniac in New York sets subway passengers on fire


Alina Prikhodko

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A New York man threw a can of burning liquid at an unsuspecting passenger. According to New York Post, earlier this year he tried to set fire to a group of passengers in a Manhattan subway station.

The suspect, 49-year-old Neil Taylor, was in custody accused of attacking 23-year-old Petrit Alijaj at Manhattan's Varick Street station. He was identified and charged in a similar incident that occurred Feb. 5 at the West 28th Street subway station.

Security camera footage from February shows a man throwing two cans of flammable liquid at a group of people on the platform. No one was injured in the incident, and the suspect fled and was on the run.

Another arson

On Saturday, Alijaj and his fiancee were getting off the 1 train at West Houston and Varick streets to head to the Statue of Liberty. At this time, Taylor splashed burning liquid at them.

The victim shielded his girlfriend from the flames and received burns.

“The doctors said that 30% of my body was burned. But I don’t think it’s 30%, most likely 10%,” he noted.

The attacker fled the crime scene.

Taylor was detained by police about five blocks from the scene, at Canal street and Renwick street, at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel. He was tracked thanks to a mobile phone he stole from a subway platform.

The man was charged with assault, arson, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon in a case filed in February. Taylor was also arrested for theft in a classified case and criminal possession of a weapon in 1997, sources said.

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