Greg Risling
Associated Press

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December 27, 2012
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Woman set on fire in LA as she sleeps on bench


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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