Police in San Francisco are on the lookout for a suspect who was caught on camera committing a senseless crime. Footage released by authorities appears to show the teen who set a woman’s hair on fire on a public bus. With little evidence to go on, the police are now asking for the public’s help in bringing the suspect in.
The attack happened on May 2 at around 2:25 pm, according to a release from the San Francisco Police Department. In video provided by the department, the attacker can be seen sitting behind the victim before taking a lighter to her hair.
The suspect and two persons of interest reportedly fled the scene before police arrived. Other passengers on the bus reportedly assisted the victim before she, too, left the scene prior to officer’s arrival. Police took testimony from the driver of the bus, according to the release.
The San Francisco Police Department has since released the surveillance footage to the public, asking for their help in solving the crime. When asked why the assailant’s face is blurred out in the footage, a spokesperson for the department said they are focused on finding the victim first.
“We have not made any arrests,” department spokesperson Adam Lobsinger told SFGate. “We are still looking for the suspects. Without the victim, when we catch the suspects, it’s harder to do anything.”
The SFPD has described the victim as a woman aged 50 to 60 with dark hair and eyeglasses, “of Filipino or Latin descent.”
Meanwhile, the department described the assailant as a black male teenager, last seen wearing a long-sleeved red top with a graphic and matching red pants. The suspect reportedly carried a black backpack with him.
The department noted that the case has been assigned to its Special Investigation Detail, and has asked the victim of the attack to come forward and provide a statement.