‘A man splashed lighter fluid on a stranger who fought him off with a metal cane, then used the lighter to set two women on fire, police and witnesses said. [..]
The assault in downtown Seattle apparently began when the attacker ran up behind Gus Jones, 82, and dumped lighter fluid down his back at lunchtime Wednesday.
Jones felt someone grab his shoulder, smelled the fumes and hollered. Then, “I had to rap them with my cane,” he told The Seattle Times. Jones, recovering from a broken hip, fell to the pavement but was not set afire.
“I cussed him out,” Jones told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “I bent my cane.”‘