2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear
before the judgment seat of
Christ; that every one may
receive the things [done] in
[his] body, according to that he
hath done, whether [it be] good
No human deserves to be treated as such!
|The burned bench where Violet was resting. Dennis Petillo - photo insert - has been arrested in connection with this crime.|
Officers arrested Dennis Petillo, 24, in connection with the early morning attack, and he has been booked in jail on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was being treated at a local hospital with burns all over her body, said Los Angeles police Lieutenant Damian Gutierrez.
Erickson Ipina, a witness to the attack, told local station ABC 7 that he often saw the homeless woman sleeping on the bus bench. Ipina said he chased after the attacker, and called for help on his cell phone.
"I called 911 and he just turned back on me and pulled out a knife, and he told me, 'Stop following me or I will cut you,'" Ipina told ABC 7.
The television station showed images of the bus bench set on fire, which had black burn marks along it.
(Reporting By Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Tim Gaynor and Claudia Parsons)
The incident happened around 1 a.m. on Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way. Police said the suspect walked into a Walgreens store, bought alcohol, walked to the bus bench, poured the alcohol on the victim and set her on fire.
The suspect then ran from the scene, but a witness, Erickson Ipina, was able to chase him down.
"I was following him and then I pulled out my cellphone. I called 911 and he just turned back on me and pulled out a knife, and he told me, 'Stop following me or I will cut you,'" said Ipina.
But Ipina continued following the suspect until police arrived. Investigators said the suspect, whose identity has not been released, is not believed to be homeless.
Police say the 67-year-old victim was severely burned. She was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Robert Wyneken says she was a regular at the nearby Lutheran church.
"We've tried to get her off the bench for years, and she absolutely refuses. That was her home," he said.
Police continue to question the man they detained. It's unclear if he knew the victim.