Teen set on fire in the Bronx has died, suspect on the run: Police

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Teen set on fire in the Bronx, suspect on the run: Police
A man was set on fire following a dispute with another man in the Bronx, police say.

HIGHBRIDGE, Bronx (WABC) -- A teenager set on fire following a verbal dispute with another man in the Bronx has died, police say.

An 18-year-old victim, Winston Ortiz, was left in critical condition just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, after a male suspect poured gasoline on the victim, lit a match and set him on fire.

According to police, the incident happened after a dispute on the fifth floor of a building on Woodycrest Avenue in the Highbridge section of the Bronx.

Officials say it was a verbal dispute gone bad between the suspect and victim.

They say the victim doesn't live in the building and that the suspect was already on the fifth floor when the victim walked in.

TOP STORY | New York City teachers, principals call for delay to in-person learning

Teachers and principals across New York City are asking the education department to delay the start of in-person learning past Sept. 10 for 1.1 million public school students.

The teen was stabbed multiple times in the torso before being set on fire.

According to officials, the victim called for help and was aided by nearby residents.

The victim was transported to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the unknown suspect fled on foot and no arrests have been made at this time.

Fire Marshals and the NYPD Arson and Explosion Squad were on the scene.

Detectives are searching for a motive.

ALSO TRENDING | Homeless ruining quality of life on Upper West Side, residents say


* More Bronx news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube