Written by AARON CASTREJON
PASADENA – A suspect was arrested May 7, accused of spraying a man with a flammable liquid and lighting him on fire onboard an L Line train, causing extensive burn injuries, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
The attack was reported around 10:55 p.m. According to witness statements, the unidentified suspect, a female, possibly exchanged words with the man prior to the attack, but it appeared the suspect and man did not know each other and the attack was unprovoked, according to Ramon Montenegro, public information officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau.
The attack occurred near the Metro L Line Lake Station, Montenegro told SGV CityWatch
After the man was set on fire, patrons aboard the railcar used what means they could to extinguish the flames. Patrons pointed out the suspect to deputies who took her into custody, Montenegro told SGV CityWatch.
The injuries to the man, while extensive, are considered not life-threatening, Montenegro told SGV CityWatch.
“So far, we’ve been able to ascertain there was no relationship between the two. There was no argument that occurred. For some reason she did this,” Montenegro told SGV CityWatch.
The Sheriff’s Arson/Explosives Detail is investigating. The suspect’s name has not been released.