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Man Burned by Stranger Tossing Molotov Cocktail

Long Beach police say the victim, a man in his 50s, was with his father outside a Pacific Coast Highway market when the attack happened.

A man suffered serious burns Friday night when a suspect threw a Molotov cocktail-type device at him while he waited for his father outside a Long Beach market.

The attack happened around 7 p.m. in the 200 block of Pacific Coast Highway, said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton. Investigators who examined surveillance video learned that a man believed to be in his 20s wearing light-colored clothing ran out from an alley and threw a bottle with an unknown flammable liquid in it, Eaton said.

``It landed at the feet of the victim and caused him to catch on fire,'' Eaton said. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition with burns mostly to his lower extremities, Eaton said.

The suspect fled from the scene and has not been apprehended, he said. Investigators do not know a motive for the attack and do not believe the suspect knew the victim, Eaton said.

``There is no indication at all that they knew each other. There was not a previous altercation,'' Eaton said. ``The victim's just standing there, minding his own business, when he has this object thrown at him.''

Anyone with information about the attack was urged to call Long Beach police at (562) 570-7260.

--City News Service

John B. Greet October 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
What the heck?
Watts October 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
That is some real psycho stuff. That is a very busy block, usually with loads of people around, so hopefully they have better details on this guy than what is presented in the article. Anybody know if the police have yet posted the surveillance video anywhere so more people can get a look at this nut to help identify him?
Nancy Wride (Editor) October 21, 2012 at 03:57 AM
i got nothing late last night but confirmation from Sgt. Aaron Eaton that the City New Story was correct, and have been in Hollywood all day for my kid's birthday with bunch of kids. So I haven't heard anything new. If you find that video post the link here, Watts.--Nw
lv2bsnwbrdn October 22, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Here's the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyJ31vF0wBo

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