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University student records himself setting female friend on fire while sleeping

By Mason White 3:47 PM January 22, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
A man recorded himself setting a drunk woman on fire while she slept.

20-year-old New York University student Jaime Castano is accused of setting fire to his classmate in his bedroom.

Castano is accused of recording himself singing while setting fire to the woman and the bed. Castano allegedly admitted to police that he took a video on his cellphone, which shows the woman sleeping in his bed as flames destroyed parts of the bed and her body.

According to court documents, the video showed Castano singing while the 19-year-old woman woke up in agony and desperately tried to put out the fire that had spread on her body.

The teenager suffered “painful burns and scars on her torso,” according to police. Castano was arrested on charges of assault and reckless endangerment.

His bail was set at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash.

The victim reportedly told police that she and a third person were with Castano in his bedroom on Lafayette Street, when she fell asleep at 11:00 p.m. after drinking.

At 6:00 a.m., she awoke to find holes and burn marks on his bed, blankets and her clothes. She had painful burn marks on her body, prosecutors said.

However, she was not aware of what caused the fire until she saw the video of Castano setting it. The video was posted to the photo-messaging app Snapchat.

The victim reported the attack to university officials, but they did not alert the police until months later.

Castano was expelled from school over the attack.