Man douses woman with gasoline, sets her ablaze with cigarette in Christmas Day murder

A police manhunt is underway for a California man who murdered a woman by dousing her in gasoline and setting her alight on Christmas Day.

Clarence Duwell Dear, 51, has been branded ‘dangerous’ by police after the shocking incident in Pomona on Friday.

Witnesses described the horrific moment they saw the woman, 41, flee from a house in the 1500 block of Cordova Street engulfed in flames.

Neighbors rushed to try and help her as she collapsed outside and remained with the victim until Los Angeles County fire crews arrived.

She was treated at the scene for severe burns before being transported to a local hospital where she later died.

The victim has not yet been formally identified.

Deputies believe that Dear had got into a suspected domestic dispute with his victim shortly before 1.40pm.

The ‘heated argument’ then escalated to physical violence and the 51-year-old had chased the woman from the house and doused her in gasoline, say Pomona Police Department.

It is thought that he used a lit cigarette to then set her ablaze.

A wanted poster released by police shows two mugshot photos of Dear taken during a previous arrest in 2012.

A wanted poster released by police shows two mugshot photos of Dear taken during a previous arrest in 2012

He is decribed as black, 5-foot-10 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with black and grey hair, and brown eyes.

Is is not clear whether Dear, who has not been seen since the attack, is armed.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the Pomona Police Department at 909-620-2085, Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or the police department’s dispatch office at (909) 622-1241.

Source: The DailyMail

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