A man who is accused of pouring gasoline on a woman and setting her on fire, killing her, remained in police custody on $1-million bail Monday.
Police arrested Clarence Duwell Dear, 51, on suspicion of murder Sunday following a tip that he’d been spotted boarding a bus in Altadena. Detectives had been looking for Dear since he allegedly set his roommate, 41-year-old Dawn Hensley, on fire in the middle of a Pomona street on Friday afternoon.
He was arrested without incident and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, jail records show.
During the dispute, Dear “chased the victim from their residence and was able to douse the victim with gasoline,” Pomona police said in a statement. “The suspect then ignited the victim, possibly with a lit cigarette.”
Dawn was seen running from her house on fire and collapsing in the street, where neighbors tried to help her until paramedics arrived.
She was rushed to a hospital where she died. Dear was arrested about 10 a.m. Sunday.
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