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Teenagers accused of tying up a victim and setting them on fire

Posted at 2:46 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 17:38:51-04

CHERRY CREEK, N.Y. (WKBW) — Two Chautauqua County teenagers are accused of tying a person in their early 20s to a chair and setting them on fire, causing substantial injuries to the victim. The victim was treated for burns on the upper back, neck and arms and released.

According to the Sheriff's Office, on August 3rd, the two unnamed teenagers, aged 18 and 19, tied the victim to a chair before pouring an accelerant onto them and setting them on fire. This allegedly took place inside one of the suspect's residence in the Town of Cherry Creek.

The Sheriff's Office said they were responding to a missing person report for the victim. Patrol officers found the victim walking down the road which led to the investigation.

The victim suffered significant burns from this attack and is now recovering from their injuries.

The suspects, an 18-year-old from Cherry Creek and a 19-year-old from Salamanca, are facing assault and unlawful imprisonment charges. Both suspects have been arraigned. One suspect was released while the other remains held on bail.

The sheriff's office said the suspects are eligible for youthful offender status therefore their names have not been released.