Patricia Castillo, 48, is accused of setting the man on fire on Thursday night in Sanger, near Fresno, about 9pm
She was arrested alongside her accomplice, Leonard Hawkins, 43, who is accused of providing her with the gasoline used for the accelerant
Footage shows Castillo walk up to the victim, throw a cupful of gas on him before sparking a lighter and setting the man alight
Hawkins is accused by police of supplying Castillo with the gasoline
e pair were arrested for attempted murder, arson and conspiracy
Police in Fresno, California arrested a 48-year-old woman after viewing footage that showed her dousing a man with gasoline as he sat in a park, before she turned him into a human torch. Patricia Castillo is accused of setting the man on fire on Thursday night in Sanger, near Fresno, about 9pm.
She was arrested along with her accomplice, Leonard Hawkins, 43, who is accused of providing her with the accelerant.
Officers from the Sanger Police Department were called to the park and found the man with severe burns to the upper half of his body.
In surveillance video of the attack, Castillo can we seen walking up to the man as he was siting on the grass, and then throwing a cupful of gasoline over him.
The pair are then seen arguing, at which point Castillo is seen taking a lighter out of her pocket.
The man is seen backing away from her, but moments later Castillo places her lighter close to his shirt and he is instantly engulfed in flames.
It’s unclear whether Castillo knew the man.
‘Investigators used video surveillance and witness statements to identify Patricia Castillo and Leonard Hawkins as the suspects,’ the Sanger Police Department said in a statement released on social media.
‘The video shows Castillo approaching the victim and throwing a liquid from a cup onto him, and she and the victim appear to argue before Castillo sparks a lighter and lights the victim on fire.
‘Further investigation revealed that Leonard Hawkins had provided the accelerant used to light the victim on fire to Castillo.’
The man was immediately taken to hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.
Both Castillo and Hawkins were taken into custody without incident and face multiple felony charges including attempted murder, arson and conspiracy.