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    Unhappy Salinas, CA- Homeless Man set afire

    Homeless man doused with flammable liquid in Salinas
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    SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - A homeless man remained hospitalized in
    serious condition Sunday after somebody doused him with flammable
    liquid and set him on fire, Salinas police said.
    Police said the man was sleeping on a commercial street at about
    10:30 p.m. Saturday when he awoke to find the lower half of his
    body covered with flames.
    The 56-year-old man, who has not been identified but was known
    in the area, was standing with his clothes singed off when officers
    arrived to find him suffering third-degree burns to more than 40
    percent of his body.
    "It was very bad. His skin was hanging off him, completely
    charred," said Salinas Police Lt. Manuel Perrine. "From his feet
    to his waist and everything in between was severely burned."
    Investigators believe the fire was set on purpose and that
    whoever was behind it was trying knew the victim and was trying to
    kill him, although no suspects have been identified, Perrine said.
    "It wasn't a cooking accident. We believe it was intentional,"
    he said. "We don't think it's a random thing."
    The results of lab tests on the liquid were still pending, but
    police suspect it was gasoline. They didn't recover the device that
    was used to ignite the liquid from the scene.
    The homeless man was sleeping against the wall of a small
    medical building when the fire was set, and the smoke and flames
    blew out the windows and caused moderate damage to the building,
    Perrine said.

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    SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - The homeless man who was set on fire in
    Salinas last weekend died early Friday, police said.
    Charles Thomas, 57, died at 11:19 a.m., the Monterey County
    Coroner's Office told police. The coroner scheduled an autopsy for
    Monday.
    Thomas was doused with a flammable liquid and set ablaze last
    Saturday while he was sleeping, police said. He woke up to find
    himself in flames.
    Police were treating the death as a homicide.
    "We don't have a lot we're working with right now," said
    Salinas Police Lt. Henry Yoneyama. "We don't have a motive. We're
    just trying to recreate what happened in the victim's life in the
    day or two before the incident to find a possible suspect."
    Thomas was conscious for a short time after the attack, but had
    not been conscious, or able to help police, since then, Yoneyama
    said.

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