11-07-2013, 09:05 PM #1
CA - Teen charged with hate crimes in bus passenger fire case
Posted: 2:05 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
KTVU and Wires
OAKLAND, Calif. —
A 16-year-old boy suspected of lighting another teen on fire on an AC Transit bus was charged as adult and with hate crime enhancements Thursday, prosecutors said.
The suspect, Richard Thomas, has been charged with aggravated mayhem and felony assault resulting in serious bodily injury, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
Thomas also faces hate-crime clauses on both counts, prosecutors said.
The victim in the crime was 18-year-old Luke "Sasha" Fleischman, whose clothing was lit on fire as he slept in the back of an AC Transit bus.
The crime occurred at about 5:20 p.m. Monday as the bus traveled near MacArthur Boulevard and Ardley Avenue, about a block from Interstate Highway 580.
A probable cause statement signed by Oakland police Officer Anwawn Jones stated that during a police interview after the crime, Thomas told investigators he lit the fire because he was homophobic.Fleischman, a student at Berkeley's Maybeck High School, suffered severe second- and third-degree burns and was taken to the burn center at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. more at link: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/crime-...re-case/nbksC/This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!
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11-30-2013, 09:44 AM #2The enemy is here. beware
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California teen set on fire doesn't want to be 'too harsh' on attacker
"I don't want to be too harsh because people do dumb things, especially when they're teenagers. If I had my way, I'd have him tried as a juvenile," Fleischman said.
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