A Pomona woman died on Christmas day after a man poured gasoline on her and set her on fire. Police reports suggest the horrific incident began with an argument between the two people, with the man possibly starting the fire with a lit cigarette. The 41-year-old victim, who was not named, died of her injuries.
According to NBC News, Police were called to a residence in Pomona, which is located almost 30 miles east of Los Angeles, shortly before 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Neighbors reported seeing the woman run from the house engulfed in flames, rushing to her aid until the the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived at the scene. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she was treated for severe burns and later died.
“It appears that during a domestic dispute, the suspect chased the victim from their residence and was able to douse the victim with gasoline,” a police statement reads. Authorities are now seeking the suspect, a 51-year-old man identified as Clarence Duwell Dear, who, according to the statement, is “considered to be extremely dangerous.”
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