Man Sets Woman on Fire, Kills Her–AT LARGE

Clarence Duwell Dear, 51, is being sought by the Pomona Police Department after a 41-year-old woman was set alight on Friday around 1:45 p.m. PT.

Police were called to the area after neighbors saw the woman run from a house engulfed in flames.

After collapsing on the street, she was treated for severe burns and taken to hospital, where she died.

“Preliminary information suggests that the suspect and victim became involved in a heated argument that escalated to physical violence,” police said in a statement.

“It appears that during a domestic dispute, the suspect chased the victim from their residence and was able to douse the victim with gasoline,” police said. “The suspect then ignited the victim, possibly with a lit cigarette.”

Authorities say Dear fled the scene and has not been seen since.








A Woman Was Set Ablaze And Killed In L.A. On Christmas Day. BuzzFeed News, 12/26/2015.

“I’m glad I did it”: Man Tries to Kill Wife and Father-in-law by Setting Trailer on Fire

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 32-year-old Rainier-area man Saturday night after he allegedly poured gasoline on a mobile home in the 100 block of Raintree Loop while his wife and her father were inside and then set it aflame.

Joshua Ford was arrested around 11:30 p.m. while walking on 133rd Avenue in Rainier. Deputies arrested him on suspicion of first-degree arson, Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady said.

…Ford had kicked the door to the mobile home shut, and he knew that it was broken so that it was locked from the outside, Brady said. Ford then poured a can of gasoline over the mobile home and set it on fire, Brady added.

…Deputies had visited the residence earlier Saturday evening because of a domestic dispute, Brady said.

When deputies arrested Ford, he said “I’m glad I did it,” court papers state. During Monday’s court hearing, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jack Jones said Ford “is clearly dangerous.” He also pointed out that Ford has numerous prior convictions for disobeying court orders. Jones said that police reports indicate Ford was intoxicated when he was placed under arrest.

Rainier-area man allegedly sets mobile home on fire with wife inside. The Olympian, 12/2/2013.

15-Year Old Tries to Set Teacher’s Hair and Shirt on Fire

According to the victim and witnesses, when teacher Gabriela Penalba, 23, turned her back to the classroom, a male student lit her hair and shirt on fire.

Other students quickly helped put out the fire.

The suspect then tossed the lighter out the window while Penalba was getting help.

The suspect fled from officers, but was quickly caught after a foot chase. He admitted to the assault during a police interview.

The fire was put out before Penalba received burns to her skin.

Knoxville West High School teen arrested for trying to set teacher on fire., 11/25/2013.

Triple Murder-Suicide with Wife’s Body Burned in Back Yard

Police found the woman’s body burned in the home’s backyard. The daughter’s body was found inside the home, and the male victim was found shot in the front yard, Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said.

Police eventually found the suspect’s body in a nearby alley and believe he shot himself.

…Police said the couple was going through a divorce and the woman went to the house to get some of her belongings with her daughter and the male friend.

The couple who lived at the home was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday regarding a protective order the wife had sought against her husband, police said. It was not immediately clear whether the hearing took place.

Crump said police were last called to the house about a month ago, when someone at the home was threatening suicide.

Phoenix Shooting: Man Kills 3, Burns One Victim’s Body Then Shoots Himself, Police Say. HuffPo Crime, 11/13/2013.

Mass Murder, Manhunt, Police Chase—Just Another Night in Kaufman County, TX

Police first found the body of a woman who had been fatally shot in the head in the 300 block of Tyler Street, near State Highway 34, shortly after 5 p.m.

About a half-hour later, a firefighter spotted flames coming from [Charles Everett] Brownlow’s home, a few blocks away on Stallings Street. Another woman’s body was found in that home, which had “very clearly” been deliberately burned, Lay said.

Police suspected a connection between the two crimes and called the Texas Rangers and Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office to help with the investigation.

Authorities soon determined that Brownlow [36] was missing, along with a white 2002 Ford Focus. Suspecting that the car had been stolen, police began looking for it.

About 10 p.m., shots were reported in the 800 block of North Frances Street, and a man matching Brownlow’s description was spotted leaving in a Ford Focus. No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred less than two miles from where the first body was discovered.

About a half-hour later — and less than a mile away — another shooting was reported in the 800 block of Eulalia Drive, where a man and a woman were found shot to death. A 3-year-old boy was discovered in his bed and appears to be “in good condition,” [Police Chief Jody] Lay said.

Less than 15 minutes later, another man was found dead at a convenience store in the 700 block of West Moore Avenue after an off-duty officer spotted a man running away from it.

The man fled in a Ford Focus, and police chased it until reaching a dead end. The driver escaped on foot into a wooded area, dropping a handgun holster along the way.

Brownlow was arrested after he was found hiding in a creek near Gardner and Canton streets, about a mile from the convenience store, police said.

… Monday’s manhunt shook Terrell as heavily armed law-enforcement personnel went door to door searching for Brownlow.

Earlier this year, Kaufman County was the subject of intense police activity after District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse were slain.

Suspect captured after series of five slayings in Terrell.|The Dallas Morning News, 10/28/2013.

Because of “Argument,” Man Sets Friend, His RV on Fire

An argument between friends on the city’s South Side ended in a fiery fashion early Friday when one of them doused the other with gasoline and set him on fire, San Antonio police said.

Police Chief William McManus said the victim was burned 80 to 90 percent of his body.

… The suspect also suffered burns. Both men were taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center.

McManus said the men were outside a small office building in the 1900 block of Mauermann Road near Applewhite Road at 6:30 a.m., when the argument erupted.

After the suspect set the victim on fire, he then set fire to the victim’s RV, McManus said. The flames spread to the nearby office building.

The susepct then drove off in his pickup truck and and crashed in a deep ditch in a rugged area not far from the original scene.

Man doused with gasoline, set on fire in San Antonio. KSAT, 10/11/2013.

Man Kills Mother, Torches House, Gets on Tractor and Shoots at Random

Ryan Carnan, 29, was killed by Simi Valley police officers on Saturday at about 5 p.m., shortly after authorities found a body believe to be Carnan’s mother inside her burning home, according to NBC Los Angeles. After the body was found, police started receiving calls that an armed man later identified as Carnan was driving through the neighborhood on a tractor, firing on bystanders.

Carnan reportedly shot at several residents he encountered on the street, but nobody else was injured. Responding officers opened fire on Carnan when they “were confronted with a deadly force situation,” according to a press release obtained by the Ventura County Star.

Ryan Carnan Dead: Officers Fatally Shoot Armed Suspect On Tractor After He Kills His Mother. HuffPo Crime, 8/26/2013.

Neighbor Norm Trevena said spoke to Carnan on the tractor shortly before the showdown with police.

“He comes by and I said, ‘Are you shooting up there?’” Trevena told Los Angeles’ KTLA . “And he looks at me with the gun, he has the gun. And I said, ‘Oh, you are shooting up there,’ and he just stared at me with this really weird look on his face.’”

California man kills mom and burns house before tractor rampage. NY Daily News, 8/26/2013.

“a good son” Sets a Fire, Kills 6, Takes 2 Hostages and Dies in Police Shootout

In the final hours, Pedro Vargas, 42, held two people hostage at gunpoint for up to three hours in their apartment until a SWAT team entered and killed him, police said. The hostages were not hurt.

“The crime scene is the whole building,” said Lt. Carl Zogby, a spokesman with the Hialeah Police Department.

Police were called to the aging, five-story apartment building in Hialeah, a working class suburb a few miles northwest of downtown Miami, on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The first calls reported a fire, but when firefighters arrived, they heard shots and immediately notified police, Zogby said.

Vargas, who has no known criminal record, set a combustible liquid on fire in his fourth-floor apartment. Building manager Italo Pisciotti, 79, and his wife, Camira Pisciotti, 69, saw smoke and ran to the unit, Zogby said. When they arrived, Vargas opened the door and fired, killing both.

…After gunning down the building managers, Vargas went back into his burning apartment and fired 10 to 20 shots from a 9mm pistol into the street. One of the bullets struck 33-year-old Carlos Javier Gavilanes, who was parking his car after returning home from work. Zogby said his body was found next to his vehicle.

The gunman then kicked his way into a third-floor apartment, where he shot to death Patricio Simono, 54; his wife Merly Niebles, 51; and their 17-year-old daughter. Family members said Simono worked at a car wash and Niebles cleaned hotel rooms. Their daughter wanted to be a nurse.

All six people were killed in a short time span, Zogby said, and it’s possible they were all dead by the time police arrived.

Officers and Vargas then engaged in an hours-long shootout and chase, with police following the gunman from one floor to the next.

…Several hours into the ordeal, Vargas forced his way into a fifth-story unit and held two people captive. Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez said negotiators and a SWAT team tried talking with him from the other side of the door.

Miriam Valdes, 70, was in a friend’s apartment two doors down. She said she heard officers trying to convince Vargas to surrender.

“Pedro let these people out,” Valdes said officers told him. “We’re going to help you.”

… Rodriguez said the talks eventually “just fell apart.” Officers stormed the building, fatally shooting the gunman in an exchange of gunfire. Zogby said Vargas still had several rounds of ammunition when he was killed.

“He was ready to fight,” Zogby said.

…”He was a good son,” said Ester Lazcano, who lived on the same floor as Vargas and his mother.

Florida Shooting: 7 Dead In Hialeah Apartment Shootout, Including Gunman (VIDEO, PHOTOS). HuffPo Crime, 7/27/2013.

Man Shoots Video of His Son Lighting a 7-Year-Old Boy on FIre

A borough man has been arrested on charges he doused his then-girlfriend’s 7-year-old son with flammable liquid. The man’s own 15-year-old son then set the younger boy’s shirt on fire, Saxonburg police said.

Edward B. Myers, 35, allegedly used his cell phone to film the attack on May 25 at his Carol Drive home as he watched the boy burn.

Myers, the 15-year-old and his 11-year-old son, that same day of suspected torture, repeatedly shot the victim with airsoft guns and pellet-type guns, according to court documents.

…Investigators are not sure what motivated the alleged sadistic attack, however, one of Myers’ sons reportedly claimed it was a “prank.”

Man charged in case of boy being burned. Butler Eagle Online, 7/11/2013.

Man SURVIVES After 3 Men Set Him on Fire

[Houston Police Department] said neighbors awoke to screams from the victim at approximately 4:15 a.m. The man, who has not been identified, was tearing at his shirt to remove it, but when he did his body was still on fire.

…[A neighbor] grabbed a fire extinguisher from her apartment but said it didn’t work. Other neighbors removed their own clothing and used it to smother the flames as the man rolled into a roadside ditch at the front entrance to the apartment complex. Witnesses said he was burned all over his body.

Police said they believe there was some sort of argument that preceded the attack. The three suspects, of whom police were not able to give a specific description, raced away as neighbors rushed in to help the critically injured man.

…As of early Sunday afternoon HPD had not released the identity of the victim or specific descriptions of his attackers.

HPD: Victim set on fire after argument in west Houston., 4/21/2013.

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