POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man they say doused a woman with gasoline and burned her to death during a domestic argument on Christmas Day in the Los Angeles suburb of Pomona.
The Pomona Police Department says that, acting on a tip, officers from the Pasadena Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 51-year-old Clarence Dear on Sunday morning on a bus in Altadena. That’s about 28 miles northwest of Pomona.
He’s jailed on $1 million bail.
Investigators say Dear and 41-year-old Dawn Hensley got into a fight on Friday afternoon and he chased her from their home, doused her with gasoline and ignited it, possibly using a lit cigarette.
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The woman, engulfed in flames, ran and collapsed on the street. Neighbors tried to help her but she died at a hospital.