NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 4:00 AM
A 13-year-old bully threw a flaming bottle of perfume at a disabled teen — badly burning the boy’s chest and neck, law enforcement sources and the victim’s family said.
The victim, Deandre Bloomfield, said he thought of the teen firebug as his buddy.
“He used to bully me. Smack me around,” Deandre, also 13, said Monday from his Staten Island University Hospital North room.
About 9:45 p.m. last Wednesday, Deandre was hanging out at a community center near the West Brighton Houses when the suspect invited him to his apartment.
They headed up to a fourth-floor pad at 820 Henderson Ave., where Deandre sat down and listened to music. The firebug’s mother and sisters were home, but in another room.
The bullying started a few minutes later.
“First he smacked me. I got up and I said, ‘Don’t smack me again.’ And when I wanted to leave, he picked up a perfume bottle with a lighter, and he sprayed it on me,” Deandre recalled.
“He did it two times. The first time he did it sparked on me. . . . And that’s when I started to run, and he threw the whole bottle at me.”
Deandre’s clothes lit up, so he jumped into a wall, then hit the ground rolling and snuffed out the flames.
“On my chest and my neck I got a third-degree (burn), and on my face I got a second-degree,” Deandre said, adding that he’s told he might be out of the hospital next week.
“We used to be friends but now we’re not because of what he did to me,” said Deandre.
But the victim’s mom, Ursula Allen, said the young suspect never had friendship in mind.
Deandre is “handicapped. He has uneven limbs so he can’t run so, you know, they bully him,” she said, adding that her son went up to the bully’s apartment because he craved camaraderie.
“He just wanted to be accepted with a friend. He still thinks they’re his friends, and I’m like, ‘They are not your friends.’ ”
The suspect, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was arrested Friday, law enforcement sources said. His case is being handled in Family Court.
A spokesman for the city Law Department, which prosecutes cases against minors, would only say, “We are investigating.”
One of the alleged firebug’s neighbors, who declined to give his name, said he wasn’t surprised to hear the teen was in trouble.
“He’s just a kid that fell into the streets,” the neighbor said. “Honestly, I’m not that surprised. I mean, it’s shocking hearing about it, but I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s that sort of kid. But that’s crazy.”
No one answered the suspect’s door Tuesday.