Suspect Sets Man on Fire: Police Seek Help Identifying Assailant (VIDEO)
2012-10-22 · By Editor
On Friday, October 19, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a call of a possible structure fire at a market in the 200 block of W. Pacific Coast Highway, which resulted in serious injury to a male adult after he was set on fire by someone who threw a flammable object.
When officers arrived, they discovered that a man, only being identified as a 54 year-old Long Beach resident, had been set on fire. According to witness statements, the suspect had ignited a bottle of flammable liquid before throwing it at the feet of the victim who had been waiting outside for a relative who was shopping inside. The suspect had then fled from the area on foot and out of sight.
The victim immediately caught on fire and ran from the initial scene to the parking lot. It was there that people ran to his aid and were eventually able to extinguish the flames. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of burns to his body, and is listed in critical but stable condition.
Although there were other people in the immediate area, including a woman and her small child in a stroller, no injuries were sustained by others. A motive for the incident is unknown and the investigation remains ongoing. The suspect was described as follows:
- male Hispanic
- 25 to 30 years-old
- 5’8’ to 5’10″
- 180 pounds
- wearing a light colored short sleeve button-down shirt with vertical stripes and blue jeans
Anyone who may have information regarding the identity or whereabouts of this suspect or other information regarding this crime is strongly urged to contact the Long Beach Fire Department’s Arson Hotline at (562) 570-2582. For an immediate police response call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES, or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.