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Homeless Woman Set Ablaze In Los Angeles
Los Angeles police have arrested a man for allegedly setting a 67-year-old homeless woman on fire as she was sleeping on a bus bench.
Dennis Petillo, 24, was arrested Thursday and booked for investigation of attempted murder. He is being held on $500,000 (£310,000) bail.
Police say the attack occurred shortly after 1am outside a Walgreens drug store in Van Nuys, northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
A witness said he saw a man come out of the store and pour something on the woman before striking a match and setting her ablaze.
The witness told reporters he called 911 and then followed Petillo until police arrived and arrested him.
The woman was taken to hospital and is 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.