Man Arrested for Trying to Set Woman in Wheelchair on Fire

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Nathan Yarbrough (Stanislaus County Jail)


Police in Modesto arrested a man Thursday after they say he tried to set a woman in a wheelchair on fire.

Officers were flagged down near 18th Street and G Street at about noon, police say. The woman told police that she was waiting to cross the street when a man came up to her, called her the devil and started pouring lighter fluid on her legs.

The man then pulled out a lighter and tried to ignite the lighter fluid before the woman’s husband showed up and scared him off.

An officer spotted the man, 45-year-old Nathan Yarbrough, walking near Burney and 17th Streets. Yarbrough still had the lighter fluid and wouldn’t do what the officer asked.

Police say as the officer was waiting for backup before taking Yarbrough into custody, Yarbrough poured lighter fluid on the officer’s feet. Yarbrough was arrested without further incident.

Yarbrough was booked into Stanislaus County Jail for attempted murder, assault with a caustic chemical and elder abuse.

Neither the woman nor the officer was injured after having Yarbrough’s lighter fluid dumped on them.

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