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Santa Ana homeless attack suspect arrested

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Hector Medina, a 32-year-old Santa Ana man, is accused of setting a homeless man and his belongings on fire, was due in court for arraignment Tuesday. The auto mechanic is accused of felony arson and other offenses.According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Medina got angry with Ruben Sandoval on Saturday when he spotted the 64 year-old homeless man in an alley behind a repair shop in the 100 block of South Main Street.

Medina had apparently told Sandoval to leave after seeing him sleeping in his car two weeks earlier.

Investigators say Medina doused Sandoval's shopping cart with gas and set it on fire with a match. Some of the gasoline splashed onto Sandoval, causing his beard to catch fire.

Sandoval suffered second and third degree burns to his body, face, and hands. All of his possessions were destroyed.

Prosecutors say Medina was arrested near his home a short time later after a co-worker called 911.

City News Service contributed to this report.