Man suspected of lighting his mother on fire surrenders to police after hours-long standoff

Rancho Cucamonga
Authorities found a woman suffering from burns at a home in Rancho Cucamonga.
(Los Angeles Times)

Authorities say a 54-year-old man suspected of lighting his mother on fire has surrendered to police more than five hours after locking himself inside a home east of Los Angeles.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says deputies responding to a domestic violence incident just before dawn Monday found the woman suffering from burns at the house in Rancho Cucamonga. She was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Officials say the woman told investigators that her son had been acting erratically and had set her on fire.


Special weapons and tactics officers responded as authorities tried to get the man to come out. After several hours of periodically shouting at deputies, he was taken into custody shortly before noon.

The man’s name was not immediately released.