- Associated Press - Monday, May 15, 2017

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man on suspicion of setting another man on fire in a Southern California park.

Police in Santa Paula say witnesses reported that the victim had been lying on a park bench Saturday when someone beat him, poured a flammable liquid on him and then lit him on fire.

The man was taken to a hospital and later transferred to a burn center in Los Angeles. He suffered burns to more than half his body and was in critical condition Sunday night.

The Ventura County Star newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/2riIABC ) the attacker was seen leaving the park on a bicycle.

Witnesses led police to a suspect, 35-year-old Jorge Chavez, who could face charges including attempted murder. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

Investigators have not named a possible motive.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, https://venturacountystar.com

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