Police investigate the possibility that a man was set on fire while sitting in his sport utility vehicle because he refused to give spare change to the suspected homeless attacker prior to the incident. The victim was rushed to a hospital after the attack in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven near Pacific Coast Highway and Clark Avenue in Long Beach. A witness captured this cellphone footage of the attack on Friday, April 12, 2013.
A 63-year-old man burned in his car outside a Long Beach 7-Eleven, possibly as retribution for spurning a homeless man, has died.
The victim, whose was identified as Jerry Payne of Long Beach, died about 2 a.m. Monday at the hospital, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
Raymond Sean Clark, a 38-year-old homeless man, was arrested on suspicion of throwing a flammable substance into the victim's car outside the convenience store.
"The suspect … will be re-booked for murder and a new bail has yet to be determined. Detectives still anticipate presenting the case to the District Attorney's Office within this week," according to a statement from police.
The attack happened Friday about 5:15 p.m. at the 7-Eleven store located near the intersection of Clark Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.
Detectives have not established a motive in the alleged crime, but a witness told NBC4 the victim refused to give money to the panhandler. A store owner said the man has been seen in the area before and reported for loitering.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call detectives at 562-570-7244.