A fire investigator and K-9 dog investigate a container on the National Mall in Washington, where, according to a fire official, a man set himself on fire Oct. 4, 2013.
(Photo: Alex Brandon, AP)
(USA TODAY) -- A man who died after setting himself on fire on the National Mall in
Washington has been identified as John Constantino, 64, of Mount Laurel,
Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police released the name in a
statement Monday evening and asked anyone with information about the
case to call the department.
Officers and emergency personnel
responding to a call last Friday at 4:24 p.m. found a man at the
intersection of Seventh Street and Madison Drive suffering burns
throughout his body. The man was transported by helicopter in critical
condition to MedStar Washington Hospital Center where he later was
Authorities and witnesses said they believed he had poured gasoline from a container onto himself before igniting a fire.
"It is now apparent that he set himself on fire,'' the police statement said.
records show a man by that name owns a home on Sandhurst Drive in Mount
Laurel. Phone calls to the number registered for that address were not
Police said at the time of the incident that they were
investigating possible motives. They asked that anyone with information
about the incident to call them at 202-727-9099, and anonymous
information may be submitted to the department by text-messaging 50411.
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