A man was doused in gasoline and set on fire last week after he reportedly disturbed a customer and store clerk at a Las Vegas gas station.
Police arrested Patrick Newell, 61, for the incident that left 37-year-old Theodore Bejarano in the hospital with approximately 15 per cent of his body burned, KLAS reports.
The confrontation took place around 1:00 a.m. last Wednesday. A Circle K station attendant, whose name has not been released, reportedly asked Bejarano to exit the convenience store because he was drinking a beer while playing a slot machine.
Police say Bejarano left the store and leaned against Newell's truck, asking Newell for a ride. Newell threatened Bejarano with a small pocket knife, and eventually went inside the convenience store clerk to call the police. The clerk asked Bejarano to leave and then called the authorities.
When Newell returned to his vehicle, he found Bejarano still there.
According to KVVU:
As Bejarano approached the driver's side of Newell's vehicle, Newell removed the gas nozzle from his tank and sprayed gas on Bejarano's shirt and face, according to police. Police said Bejarano walked away, wiping his face as Newell again asked him to leave. According to Metro's report, Bejarano approached Newell again, mumbling something about ruining his shirt. Police video appears to show Newell again spraying Bejarano and pushing him to the ground, the report states.
When Bejarano still refused to leave, Newell allegedly removed a lighter from his pocket and lit the man's upper body on fire. Bejarano screamed and tore off his shirt and shorts.
Newell is charged with attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Las Vegas Sun.