Charges: Minneapolis man allegedly lit man on fire after argument in Brooklyn Center

Prosecutors have charged a Minneapolis man with assault after he allegedly threw gas on a person and then lit the victim on fire following an argument in Brooklyn Center.

Court documents show 59-year-old Charles Medgar Hall is charged by warrant with first-degree assault.

A criminal complaint states that officers found a man with severe burns in the 7000 block of Perry Avenue North on Dec. 1. He was taken to a hospital where he underwent multiple surgeries and remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma.

At the scene, officers talked to Hall’s son who said his father and the victim had been arguing and he went to check on them, court document state. After he arrived, the son said Hall asked to borrow his car.

Surveillance video viewed by officers shows Hall went to a gas station and filled a large cup with gas, the complaint states.

Hall then went back to the home and, when the victim and Hall’s son came back, Hall allegedly told his son to move and threw the gas onto the victim. Hall’s son said he initially thought it was water but the victim then was on fire.

Investigators also noted obvious fire damage in the home, according to court documents.

As of Wednesday morning, Hall wasn’t yet in custody.

If convicted, first-degree assault is punishable by up to 20 years in jail and a $30,000 fine.