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Woman charged with attacking dancer

February 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A Tarzana woman was charged Wednesday with attempted murder, mayhem and torture, accused of setting an exotic dancer on fire.Wednesday afternoon, the defendant, Rianne Theriault-Odom, was arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys. Prosecutors decided not to press charges against the man, Nathaniel Petrillo, arrested with the female suspect.

It was a very short proceeding. Theriault-Odom entered a not-guilty plea through her public defender. The arraignment lasted about one minute and she was shielded by a partition.

Theriault-Odom only said one thing in court: When she was asked if she understood the charges against her, she said "yes."

There were two two people in court for her. One of them identified herself as a family member of the defendant, but refused to go on camera. She said: "We're sorry for what happened, but our family is hurting too. She has four children."

Theriault-Odom was charged with attempted murder, mayhem and torture for allegedly dousing 27-year-old Roberta Dos Santos-Busby with a flammable liquid and setting her on fire outside a Tarzana nightclub bar called Babes & Beer Friday night.

Dos Santos-Busby is now in critical condition.

Daniel Petrillo was arrested with the defendant in connection with this case but prosecutors Wednesday declined to file charges against him, citing insufficient evidence.

Authorities say Theriault-Odom had an argument with the victim before she allegedly doused her with flammable liquid and set her on fire.

The victim was at the Grossman Burn Center Wednesday. She suffered burns on 60 percent of her body. She's a mother of two.

A family member told Eyewitness News today that she had surgery early this week, and is scheduled for another surgery in a few days.


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