The Oregon authorities reported that a 24-year-old man was recently arrested and charged with attempted manslaughter and arson after he set a 69-year-old restaurant patron on fire. Reportedly, the man got up from his table, poured lighter fluid on his victim, and tossed a lit match at him. The victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Oregon Man Sets Denny’s Customer on Fire
On Thursday evening, the Clackamas County Police Department officers arrested 24-year-old DeShaun James Swanger outside his Oregon house. According to the authorities, the man did not resist his arrest and has been very cooperative so far.
Swanger’s arrest came shortly after Denny’s restaurant employee recognized him from a security tape depicting the assault of one the locale’s patrons. The authorities said that while he was at Denny’s, Swanger got up from his table and went to talk to another customer, a 69-year-old man, who was occupying the table next to him.
After spending some time talking to his victim, Swanger got out a can of lighter fluid from his pocket and poured its contents all over the 69-year-old man. The surveillance footage shows Swanger striking a match and throwing it on the man’s clothes soaked in lighter fluid.
According to the Oregon authorities, the 69-year-old Denny’s patron was transported to the nearby hospital in critical condition. Unfortunately, we don’t have additional information regarding the patient’s conditions.
What Compelled Swanger to Commit This Act?
Meanwhile, the authorities were working towards identifying the man’s assailant. Upon reviewing the surveillance footage, one of Denny’s employees confirmed that the individual depicting in the tape is 24-year-old DeShaun James Swanger.
Police records reveal that this was not the first time Swanger had a run-in with the authorities. The man’s file suggests that Swanger served time in prison and was transferred to a transitional house. Most of Swanger’s neighbors described him as being a quiet and private individual. The alleged arsonist kept pretty much to himself and never made any real attempts to chat up his neighbors.
However, when confronted with Swanger’s sadistic behavior, his neighbors were more than appalled and told the reporters that he’s behind bars. As for the individual, the Oregon authorities are still trying to find out what drove him to commit such a vile act. The investigation shed little light on the relationship between Swanger and the 69-year-old man.
Was it the conversation which led to the man’s hospitalization or did the attacker know the victim? We will keep you apprised if there are any additional developments in the case.
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