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.

kmrtnsn
kmrtnsn

WTF? They don't search or cuff anymore in Minneapolis? Yeah, they should be on leave.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

ok then, do we see a lawsuit pending because the cops didn't take away the lighter and he took it upon himself to light himself on fire? This would be a new one... Anyone????

Onlygodcanjudgeme
Onlygodcanjudgeme

Should be fire lack of responsibility

Retired37
Retired37

They should have put the “handcuff” on him

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

How do you cuff a one armed suspect, put both cuffs on the same hand? It's just too bad there isn't one less sicko in the gene pool. A few more minutes and they could have called this a job "well done". ;) Too bad about the cruiser and the officers hand though.

chiefd
chiefd

I cuffed the one arm to his belt, behind his back.

5150
5150

The only thing that should happen here is the sick ass should be charged with arson as well.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Maybe now they'll also charge him with possession of an illegal "fire-arm!" Lol!!!

fuzz2239
fuzz2239

Bad search, never leave an armed man in the back seat of a patrol car.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

The Case of One Armed Criminal Arsonist

Watson -"so with just one arm how did he strike the matches /matchbook Holmes?" Holmes -" Elementary Watson ....obviously he used a cigar lighter sir" Case closed.

This was one of Sherlock Holmes easier and much shorter crime capers.