Clarence Dear, 51, was arrested Sunday morning while riding a bus in Altadena, Calif., approximately 28 miles northwest of where 41-year-old Dawn Hensley was killed in Pomona. Police said in a statement that Dear was arrested without incident, but provided no further details of his capture.
Dear is being held on $1 million bail.
Investigators say Dear and Hensley got into a fight on Friday afternoon and he chased her from their home, doused her with gasoline and ignited it, possibly using a lit cigarette.
Hensley, engulfed in flames, ran into the street and collapsed. Neighbors tried to help her but she died at a hospital.
“It was very horrific what happened. It stunned everyone,” one anonymous neighbor told KTTV. “I saw a person on fire.”