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Man lit on fire by panhandler outside Long Beach convenience store: Long Beach Police

A man was allegedly lit on fire in his vehicle outside a convenience store in Long Beach on Friday, April 12, 2013.

April 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man was lit on fire by a panhandler outside a convenience store in Long Beach Friday afternoon.

The victim was entering a 7-Eleven store on the 5100 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach at about 5:15 p.m. when he was approached by a transient asking for money. The victim said no.

As the 63-year-old victim came out of the store and entered his vehicle, the 37-year-old transient reportedly doused the victim and the inside of his vehicle with a flammable substance and lit it on fire.

The victim was hospitalized in critical condition with third-degree burns. The transient was arrested. He was expected to be charged with arson and attempted murder.

Police say the two men did not know each other.