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Denied Money, Panhandler Lights California Man, Car on Fire

KABC-TV/DT(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- Police arrested a panhandler who reportedly lit a man on fire outside a convenience store in Long Beach, Calif. after not receiving money.

The 63-year-old victim was hospitalized with third-degree burns. He is in critical condition.

ABC's Los Angeles affiliate KABC reported on Friday that a panhandler approached the victim walking into a 7-Eleven store and asked him for money. The victim said no.

When the victim left the store and got into his SUV, the 37-year-old transient reportedly doused him and the inside of his vehicle with a flammable substance and lit it on fire, engulfing the truck in flames with the man inside, KABC reported.

"With the door open you could see the entire insides were ablaze," one eyewitness told Good Morning America. "He came out and he was horrifying. His entire shirt was on fire, his head was on fire."

Authorities called the incident a random act of violence. The two men did not know each other, police said.

"It's a horrific crime to think that somebody's, really no motive, just sitting there, minding their own business and then to be lit on fire," Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton told KABC.

KABC reported the transient was arrested and will be charged with arson and attempted murder.

Police have not released the names of the two men.


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Two Suspects Arrested in Dodgers Assault Case

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Santa Cruz paramedic Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten into a coma outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles two months ago, is slowly recovering, his family reports.

"The nurse practitioner told us he had both eyes open, his right hand was either trying to give a thumbs up or hold up two fingers. ... He also closed his eyes and opened them on command ... and, when asked what his last name, he mouthed, 'Stow,'" read a post on the Stow family website.

The encouraging news of Stow's recovery comes as Los Angeles police announced the arrest of two new suspects in the beating. The men are being held on $500,000 bail each.

The suspects were identified as Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, according to ABC News station KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Dorene Sanchez, 31, was also arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact. She was held on $50,000 bail. She posted bail and was released Friday.

Louie Sanchez and Norwood, both of Rialto, Calif., were charged with one count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, all of which are felonies.

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