Shawn Lewis accused of lighting Douglas Farley on fire

Douglas Farley suffered burns over 50 percent of his body in the attack. Photo: Facebook

A 41-year-old Washington man was arrested last Friday after police say he set another man on fire in Southeast D.C. as part of a continuing confrontation.

According to charging documents, 41-year-old Shawn Lewis doused the victim, identified as Douglas Farley in an unknown liquid, lighted a newspaper on fire and threw it on him. It all happened just before 6 p.m. Friday near 21st and R streets Southeast.

Farley was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition with 2nd and 3rd-degree burns over as much as half of his body.

The incident began several days earlier, police say, when Farley allegedly threw a beer into Lewis' face during an argument. The next day, authorities say Lewis told a mutual acquaintance that he couldn't "keep turning the other cheek" and that "the kraken had been released."

The "kraken" is a mythological creature depicted in the film Clash of the Titans. It's premise was to destroy enemies.

That argument led to Friday's incident, during which witnesses told police Lewis doused Farley in the liquid and set him on fire. Two more witnesses told police they saw the suspect lighting the newspaper on fire and walking away.

In a videotaped interview with police after his arrest, Lewis accused Farley of bullying him.