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Two suspects arrested for allegedly setting dancer on fire

February 9, 2009 |  6:23 pm

Two suspects were arrested this afternoon for allegedly setting an exotic dancer on fire outside a Tarzana nightclub.

Police allege Rianne Theriault-Odom, 27, and Nathaniel Petrillo, 22, allegedly doused the female dancer with a flammable liquid and set her ablaze Thursday. LAPD Depty Chief Charlie Beck said the pair were arrested at a Valley hotel in a join operation between the department and U.S. Marshal's Service.

"This is a horrific crime," Beck said. "Thankfully, these people are behind bars."

Roberta Busby remains in critical condition at Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks after being attacked Thursday outside Babes & Beer, a sports bar in Tarzana that offers full-contact lap dances. Busby underwent the first of several skin grafts, said Kelli Rix, director of burn services at Grossman.

“She definitely will have another one this week, provided she stays stable,” Rix said.

The 27-year-old single mother from Simi Valley has two daughters, ages 4 and 8. Donations for the children may be made in the name of Busby’s brother, Rodrigo, at any Washington Mutual branch, or checks may be sent to him at 3835 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., #256, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. A friend also set up the Roberta Busby Fund through Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, which is accepting donations at any of its branches.