California woman caught on video allegedly lighting man on fire; 2 charged

Victim hospitalized with severe burns

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Sanger police say a man is in the hospital with severe burns after being set on fire by a woman.

SANGER, Calif. -- WARNING: The video above may be disturbing to some viewers.

Sanger police say a man is in the hospital with severe burns after being set on fire by a woman.

The incident happened at Sanger Park on Academy Avenue at about 8:30 pm on Thursday.

Police have arrested the woman, 48-year-old Patricia Castillo, as well as another man, 43-year-old Leonard Hawkins.

They say surveillance video shows Castillo approaching the victim and throwing a liquid from a cup onto him. She and the victim then appear to argue before Castillo sparks a lighter and lights the victim on fire.

Investigators say Hawkins had given her the accelerant used to light the victim on fire.

The victim is now in a local hospital and is expected to survive.