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Homeless US woman set on fire on bench

2012-12-28 07:14

Los Angeles - Los Angeles police have arrested a man for allegedly setting a 67-year-old woman on fire as she was sleeping on a bus bench.

Authorities say the man, who is in his 20s, was arrested on Thursday. His name was not immediately released.

Police say the attack occurred shortly after midnight outside a drugstore. A witness said he saw a man come out of the store and pour something on the woman before striking a match and setting her ablaze.

The woman, who may be homeless, was taken to a hospital and listed in critical condition.

Last week, a 55-year-old man was set on fire as he slept outside a doughnut shop in southern Los Angeles County. No one has been arrested.

Comments
  • 5ihl3 - 2012-12-28 07:30

    Crazy Americans, take tv way too seriously. this was on a recently aired episode of CRIMINAL MINDS. Same ish as the guy that shot a cinema full of people watching Bartman

      Tony-Lapson - 2012-12-28 08:50

      Crazy world. And everyone wants to think that other countries are worse their homeland.

  • naledi.mokhele.3 - 2012-12-28 07:43

    an eye for an eye. He must also be set alight

      gemma.vandermerwe - 2012-12-28 08:08

      An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind

  • Mark - 2012-12-28 07:57

    WTF is up with the bloody spider man pop up. News24 does not give a crap about it's readers and only their bottom line.

      walter.o.latham - 2012-12-28 08:04

      Couldn't agree with you more, Mark...... it's bloody annoying!

      robert.clark.16906715 - 2012-12-28 08:07

      I have decided that I will not be watching Spiderman due to this.

  • andre.krige - 2012-12-28 08:00

    Why does every comment on any story somehow always have to include JZ and our government . Boring .

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-28 08:31

      Spot on, as if there aren't enough local threads on News24 to bash Zuma and SA (some fools aren't even able do differentiate between SA and the ANC).

  • rikhoula.joy - 2012-12-28 08:02

    Usa has crime too

  • robert.clark.16906715 - 2012-12-28 08:05

    Its not an American issue, but an indication of the youth of today not having any respect for anyhing anymore. The tire murders in Soweto at least were done on the back of some political motivantion, and that was barbaric as well. But this has no point, its just some random act of insanity.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-12-28 08:11

    god bless america and no other country(i think jz is irrelevent here some people are just plain idiots)

  • john.m.mcdowall - 2012-12-28 08:23

    That's not a man. That's worse than an animal. Take him out, skin him alive then set him alight!!!

  • Barefoot - 2012-12-28 08:30

    they better be careful before it becomes a meme. people are crazy or maybe they have always been it's just that media has advanced so much that any incident gets reported worldwide.

  • truthbetold221 - 2012-12-28 08:31

    First world

      robert.clark.16906715 - 2012-12-28 08:39

      At least it gets reported. In Africa and other 3rd world countries, it will just be brushed aside as a non-event.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-28 08:48

    Typical anc mentality like to burn things....

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-28 09:13

    just when you thought you'd heard the worst people are capable of.. hope they put this f'er in very deep hole or even better, execute him.

  • ignatious.aphane - 2012-12-28 09:34

    Yooo is he insane??? #Shocked

  • olivia.duplessis.1 - 2012-12-28 09:54

    People must wake up to the fact that the USA is corrupt, worse than SA you just don't hear about it. The police issue visitors to certain cities with notices enter at own risk due to high crime. 400 murders in one month in some of the cities. The US is not what you see in the movies.

      Cayowin - 2012-12-28 12:05

      Well you just made that up didn't you? See this is a thing called a reference: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htm The stats from 2009: Number of Homicides: 16,799 Deaths per 100,000 population: 5.5 So in the USA as many people are murdered as are killed annually on south African roads, and they have 7 times the population. If 400 people were murdered in a month in one city that would be 4800 people in that city in 1 year. From Forbes magazine: (again, a reputable reference) http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2012/10/18/detroit-tops-the-2012-list-of-americas-most-dangerous-cities/ In the entire 2011 there was only 344 murders in year - in the most dangerous city in USA. That is almost the same number as the amount of police officers killed in SA in a year. So basically you lie by making up numbers that are 13 times greater than they actually are. liar liar pants on fire.

  • Sea-party Mogorowsy - 2012-12-28 09:54

    Where does ANC fit in this? Some comments are barbaric it makes me crazy!

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