SANTA PAULA, Calif. — Authorities have arrested a man on suspicion of setting another man on fire in a Southern California park.
Police in Santa Paula say witnesses reported that the victim had been lying on a park bench Saturday when someone beat him, poured a flammable liquid on him and then lit him on fire.
The man was taken to a hospital and later transferred to a burn center in Los Angeles. He suffered burns to more than half his body and was in critical condition Sunday night.
The Ventura County Star newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/2riIABC ) the attacker was seen leaving the park on a bicycle.
Witnesses led police to a suspect, 35-year-old Jorge Chavez, who could face charges including attempted murder. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.
Investigators have not named a possible motive.
Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com