MV man arrested after dousing victim, 52, with gas, setting victim on fire

MORENO VALLEY — Authorities confirmed they have arrested a felon they allege doused a 52-year-old Moreno Valley resident in gasoline and set the victim on fire earlier this morning, Friday, Mar. 1. According to sheriff’s officials the victim sustained life-threatening injuries and it is not yet known if the person will survive. The parolee who set the victim ablaze is now in custody and facing attempted murder and other related charges.

Deputies assigned to Moreno Valley Police Department were dispatched to the 14600 block of Muirfield St. around 7 a.m., after receiving reports of the gruesome attack, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Jaime Hernandez. Muirfield is in a residential neighborhood, southeast of Cactus Ave. and Moreno Beach Dr.

“When officers arrived they located a victim who had been doused with gasoline and lit on fire,” Hernandez explained. “The victim, a 52-year-old Moreno Valley resident, was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment of life threatening injuries.”

Hernandez did not specify if the victim was male or female, but did report that it was unknown if the victim will survive their injuries. Citing the ongoing investigation, the Sgt. also did not say if the victim and suspect knew each other.

Hernandez identified the alleged suspect as Shane Hampton, 35, of Moreno Valley, but jail booking records identified the suspect as Richard Hampton. According to Hernandez, Hampton fled the scene of the horrific attack, but was “subsequently located and taken into custody.”

Hampton was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of attempted murder, arson resulting in great bodily injuries, arson to property, and violation of parole. He remains in custody and is being held without bail.

Moreno Valley PD’s investigation is still in its early stages and no further information was released.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Lun at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number MV190600055 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tiplineonline form.

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