Woman Set on Fire in LA as she Sleeps on Bench

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles police have identified a man arrested for allegedly setting a 67-year-old woman on fire as she was sleeping on a bus bench.
Dennis Petillo was arrested early Thursday and booked for investigation of attempted murder. The 24-year-old is being held on $500,000 bail.
Police say the attack occurred shortly after 1 a.m. outside a drug store. A witness told police he saw a man come out of the store and pour some type of flammable liquid on the woman before striking a match and setting her ablaze.
The woman was taken to a hospital and listed in critical condition.
Last week, a 55-year-old man was set on fire as he slept outside a doughnut shop in southern Los Angeles County. No one has been arrested.


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