Man accused of trying to light two other men on fire

July 2, 2010 2:29:01 PM PDT
A 39-year-old man is under arrest for trying to light a young boy and a 38-year-old man on fire in Jersey City.

Witnesses and cops knew something was wrong on Hancock Avenue in Jersey City when witnesses reported the smell of gasoline. Police say 39-year-old Tracy Ferguson was out for revenge when he tried to light a man and a 10-year-old boy on fire.

Police say Ferguson was jealous that his ex-girlfriend was with the a new man, who came running up to Officer Elaine Disbrow right after it all happened. Police say Ferguson hoped to light the man on fire with a flare, only it wouldn't ignite.

"He had no shirt on, and he was screaming, "He tried to kill me," said Officer Disbrown. She adds, "He gave me his t-shirt and it had a strong odor of gasoline."

Police believe the adult was the intended target.

Police say they chased Ferguson at least 7 blocks in the neighborhood before catching up with him, and noticing he was concealing what turned out to be a stun-gun.

It also appears, according to police, Ferguson was lurking between two parked cars and that his alleged plan may not have worked, but that it was carefully thought out and that he certainly doesn't appear sorry.

"He shows no remorse. He's as cold and calm as can be right now and he'll just wait this out and finish going through the process," said Chief Tom Comey.