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Man allegedly pours gas on disabled woman, tries igniting her

October 15, 2012 |  8:18 am

Modesto police say a man poured gasoline on a woman in a wheelchair and tried to set her on fire.

On Thursday, Margie Padron was near the intersection of 18th and G streets, when Nathan Yarbrough allegedly confronted her and accused the 54-year-old disabled woman of being the devil.

He then doused her legs with lighter fluid and tried to set her on fire.

“He was gonna put a match to me,” she said.

Padron’s fiancé and an unidentified woman on the street chased Yarbrough away from Padron.

When police arrived, they said the suspect also poured lighter fluid on one of the officer’s boots as they took him into custody.

He was booked into the county jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a caustic chemical and elder abuse.

Padron said she fears what might happen when he's released from jail.

“He’s gonna come and catch me on fire. He’s gonna burn me,” she told Fox 40 News.


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