A man was taken into custody Tuesday night by Long Beach police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, and KCAL is reporting it is in connection with Friday's fire-bombing attack.
But Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton stressed that the person taken into custody by police and ATF agents was arrested for a parole violation and not as a suspect in the Friday fire-bombing attack.
"(That) investigation is continuing," Eaton added.
The bizarre attack of a man sitting in front of a market on Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach left the victim hospitalized in serious condition.A graphic and disturbing surveillance video of the attack has been widely seen, perhaps globally, since the Long Beach Police Department released it Sunday night, asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the suspect. That person is captured in the grainy footage.
In the video, a man can be seen carrying a glowing object before a person sitting on the ground outside a market is engulfed in flames. Long Beach Police say the victim was outside the store in the 200 block of Pacific Coast Highway Fridasy night, waiting for his father inside.
A figure can be seen running toward a parking lot, continuing to burn as bystanders go to rescue him, eventually putting out the flames. Police say the man was hospitalized in critical but stable condition, with most of his burns on his lower body.
Click here for more on the burning of the man and the suspect's description.
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