San Francisco cops find teen who set fire to woman’s hair on bus

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Moment when teen sets a woman’s HAIR on fire on San Francisco bus – while officers asking for help identifying him are criticized for blurring his face on video

  • San Francisco police released surveillance video on Wednesday of the teen setting fire to the woman’s hair haar
  • The incident took place aboard bus No. 5 Fulton Street Muni on May 2.
  • By the time the police arrived, both the suspect and the victim had left
  • Police came under fire for blurring the suspect’s face in the video, making it virtually impossible to identify him.

San Francisco police are looking for a teen who was filmed setting a woman’s hair on fire on a city bus.

Police released a video on Wednesday of a shocking scene captured on the Muni bus’s surveillance camera – but were then quickly fired upon for blurring the teen’s face and making him impossible to recognize.

Neither the victim nor the suspect were identified Friday and police have said both are wanted for questioning.

The incident took place on May 2 at around 2:25 PM aboard the No. 5 Fulton Street Muni bus.

The bus driver had called police to report the incident, but by the time officers arrived on nearby McAllister and Leavenworth streets, both the victim and suspect had already left.

San Francisco police are looking for a teen filmed last month setting a woman's hair on fire on a city bus

San Francisco police are looking for a teen filmed last month setting a woman’s hair on fire on a city bus

The video shows the suspect holding a lighter to the back of the woman’s head as she sits blissfully unconscious in the next seat.

The suspect, along with two other persons of interest, then exited the bus together before fleeing east on McAllister Street, according to police.

Other passengers came to the victim’s aid, but they also left the scene before the police arrived to question them.

The authorities noted that it is difficult to find a suspect if they do not know who the victim is, and ask the woman to come forward and make a statement.

“We have made no arrests,” said SFPD spokesman Adam Lobsinger. “We are still looking for the suspects. Without the victim, if we catch the suspects, it’s harder to do anything.”

The San Francisco Police Department took a hit on their… Twitter post by commentators who question the need to blur the suspect’s face.

“Uhm…wtf…help us identify this man with his face blurred so we don’t offend anyone?” one Twitter user asked rhetorically.

“Maybe if you don’t blur the face, it will be easier for the public to help identify this person,” commented another person.

“Sorry, I’ve NEVER seen people with blurry faces!” joked a third person.

The video shows the suspect holding a lighter to the back of the woman's head as she sits blissfully unconscious in the next seat.

The video shows the suspect holding a lighter to the back of the woman’s head as she sits blissfully unconscious in the next seat.

The San Francisco Police Department was criticized on their Twitter post by commentators who questioned the need to blur the suspect's face

The San Francisco Police Department was criticized on their Twitter post by commentators who questioned the need to blur the suspect’s face

“Thank you for protecting the face of the CRIMINAL.. what’s wrong with our system,” added one disgruntled commenter.

The victim is described as a woman of Filipino or Latin descent, between the ages of 50 and 60, with dark hair and glasses, according to police.

Police described the suspect as a boy in his teens who was last seen wearing a red long-sleeved shirt with a colored logo on the front, matching red pants and a black backpack.

Investigators determined that both the victim and suspect boarded the bus at McAllister and Laguna Streets. The incident has since been assigned to the SFPD Special Investigations Detail, according to police.

The incident comes at a time when attacks against minorities of Asian descent are at an all-time high, with an attack on an Asian female cop in the same city last week, the Daily Mail reported.

Anyone with information can call the department’s 24-hour tipline at (415) 575-4444.

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