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.