Surveillance footage of the incident shows the suspect trailing the 79-year-old victim before using what appears to be a lighter to set his shirt ablaze.
A bystander reportedly appeared and helped extinguish the flames. Honolulu firefighters and Emergency Medical Services arrived at the scene afterward.
Image: Chinatown Cultural Plaza
The victim reportedly suffered first- and second-degree burns to his back and neck. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
According to reports, the suspect is homeless and fled the scene on foot. He wore a T-shirt, jeans and a blue beanie. The authorities have stated that he remains at large, and the incident is being investigated as a first-degree assault.
Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Honolulu at (808) 955-8300.
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