Suspect in custody
Police with the handcuffed suspect near Fiesta Island. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A 45-year-old man was in custody Monday after allegedly dousing a 46-year-old woman with gasoline and attempting to set her on fire on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay.

The incident occurred at 4:11 p.m. in the 1000 block of Fiesta Island Road near the San Diego Youth Aquatic Center in Mission Bay, San Diego Police Officer John Buttle said.

The man was threatening to commit suicide by dousing himself with gasoline when he grabbed the victim by the wrist, doused her with gasoline and tried to set her on fire with a lighter, Buttle said.

The victim escaped the grip of the suspect and called 911. Officers arrested the suspect around an hour later during a search of the area.

There were no significant injuries, but the suspect was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

The suspect and the victim were acquaintances, Buttle said.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.