SoCal man accused of burning woman alive on Christmas Day

SoCal man accused of burning woman alive on Christmas Day

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.

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“It was very horrific what happened. It stunned everyone,” one anonymous neighbor told KTTV. “I saw a person on fire.”

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