Los Angeles California. Eyewitness told the police on Thursday morning a homeless woman who was sleeping on a park bench was doused with an accelrant and set on fire in the Los Angeles district of Van Nuys.
The police were told by eyewitnesses a man poured liquid on the homeless woman who was sleeping on a park bench outside a Walgreens drug store near the corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way in Van Nuys about 1 am. The man lit a match, burned the sleeping woman and then ran away.
The homeless woman who has not been identified is in her 60s was taken to a local hospital where she is critical condition. Police said she will be transported to a burn center in Sherman Oaks.
Erickson Ipina told a Newsreel photographer the man who burned the homeless woman purchased a bottle that contained alcohol from the Walgreens store and then poured the alcohol on the sleeping woman.
Ipina called 911 to report the crime and then followed the man who burned the woman. The man showed Ipina he had a knife in his possession and told Ipina to quit following him. He said to Ipina "Stop following me, or I'll cut you."
Ipina followed the man until the police arrived on the scene. One person has been arrested after the attack happened. Motive for the attack is unclear at this time.
News sources NBCLosAngeles.com, Ted Chen and Jonathan Lloyd