Disgusting attack by gang who set homeless man on fire in Berlin
A HOMELESS man was set on fire as he slept on Christmas Day at an underground station.
By Katie Mansfield and Monika Pallenberg
PUBLISHED: 17:40, Mon, Dec 26, 2016
Police have launched an investigation after the homeless man was saved by a quick-thinking train driver.
The 37-year-old was sleeping at Schönleinstraße underground station when he was allegedly set alight by a gang of youths.
Police praised eyewitnesses for saving the man’s life after a train driver used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze which destroyed the man’s belongings.
The seven teenagers or young men are suspected of having put a sleeping homeless person in danger by setting him on fire.
– Berlin Police
Officers investigating the attack, which took place at around 2am on Christmas Day, have issued photos and CCTV of the suspects.
A spokesman for Berlin Police said: “The seven teenagers or young men are suspected of having put a sleeping homeless person in danger by setting him on fire on the night of Christmas day at the Schönleinstraße underground station.
Berlin Police want to speak to these men
Officers are searching for the men seen in the CCTV
Police issued photos and CCTV of the suspects.
“The men set a homeless 37 year-old on fire at the Schönleinstraße subway station at around 2am. Several passers-by and a subway driver intervened and prevented worse from happening.
“The action of the young people is being regarded as attempted murder.”
The man was set on fire as he slept at Schönleinstraße underground station.
The homeless man escaped without injury.
Eyewitnesses claim the gang fled into a subway and drove away.