2 Cops On Leave After One-Armed Rape Suspect Lights Himself On Fire In Cop Car

A 31-year-old alleged attempted rapist set his clothes on fire in the back of a Twin Cities Metro Transit patrol car.

Minneapolis, MN – Two Twin Cities Metro Transit police officers have been placed on leave after an alleged attempted rapist they arrested set himself on fire in the back of their patrol vehicle on Sunday.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. on May 13 near the light rail station by the U.S. Bank Stadium, KNOW reported.

Emergency dispatch radio traffic indicated that the officers located the unnamed 31-year-old suspect after they received a report that a woman was being assaulted on the light-rail platform, according to the Star Tribune.

Police described the alleged assault on the 34-year-old woman as a stranger attack.

The suspect, who has only one arm, was placed in the back of the officers’ patrol vehicle, where he proceeded to set himself on fire with a cigarette lighter, police said.

“The patient lit his clothes on fire with a lighter while in back of the police car," according to a Minneapolis Fire Department report.

One of the officers suffered minor burns to his hand when he reached into the vehicle to pull the suspect out.

The suspect was rushed to Hennepin Healthcare with burns on his torso.

According to department policy, officers are required to “remove all weapons, dangerous items and contraband” when they take a person into custody, the Star Tribune reported.

Cigarette lighters are one of those items which are supposed to be removed at the time of arrest.

The officers involved in the arrest were placed on standard administrative leave while the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates the incident, KNOW reported.

Comments (18)
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Dmos1357
Dmos1357

I've arrested one armed suspects before.These officers screwed up!

Even without finding and removing the lighter, there are at least half a dozen ways they could have secured his one hand when they put him in the car.

Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray

What is the extent of damage to the police car?

Woobie46
Woobie46

Couldn't happen to a better perp....I wish they would ALL be given lighters once in a cement cell and let them have a BLAST!

Marxest
Marxest

Okay, a one armed man was placed in the back of a squad car, without being searched or not properly searched and managed to light himself on fire? That story is a little to fantastical. I can certainly see why they would be placed on leave. They obviously FAILED in their duties to search the suspect and properly secure him,

Louise S
Louise S

He wasn't a 'patient" he was an attempted rapist. He should have been allowed to finish his arson murder tho.