New York University Student Charged With Setting Classmate On Fire And Recording It On Cell Phone

| by Lisa Fogarty

A student at New York University was reportedly set on fire by a classmate, who then sang songs and recorded the entire incident on his cell phone.

Jaime Castano, 20, was reportedly arrested on Monday and accused of setting a 19-year-old woman on fire as she slept in his dorm room at about 11 p.m. on Aug. 23, reports the New York Daily News. The suspect allegedly provided police with a video he took on his phone that showed the victim “asleep in his bed with flames on her clothing while [HE] sang, then showed her waking up and trying to put out the flames while he recorded it,” according to court documents.

The victim was reportedly intoxicated at the time of the attack. She was left with “painful burns and scarring to her torso” and reportedly only discovered that Castano had been responsible for the fire the next morning, when police say she viewed the video on the suspect’s Snapchat.

Castano was reportedly expelled from NYU in September because of the incident, according to a school spokesperson, who declined further comment.  

Prosecutors are reportedly saying the school failed to report the incident to authorities until October, reports the Associated Press.

The suspect was arraigned on first-degree assault and reckless endangerment charges in Manhattan Criminal Court and is being held on $50,000 bond and $25,000 cash bail.

Sources: New York Daily News, Associated Press/Photo Credit: Billie Ward/Flickr,