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February 1, 2015

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61-year-old sets man afire during argument, police say

Patrick Newell, 61, was arrested Oct. 10 for allegedly lighting a man on fire at a Las Vegas gas station.

Patrick Newell, 61, was arrested Oct. 10 for allegedly lighting a man on fire at a Las Vegas gas station.

An argument last week at a Las Vegas gas station turned violent when one of the combatants allegedly poured gasoline on the other and set him on fire, Metro Police said Monday in announcing an arrest.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Wednesday in the 9400 block of Las Vegas Boulevard South.

Patrick Newell, 61, Las Vegas, was arrested on separate counts of attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon. He remains in the Clark County Detention Center without bail.

Police said an employee at the gas station saw two men arguing. At one point, Newell walked into the store and said the other man was harassing him and asked the employee to alert police.

The two men then continued to argue. It’s unclear when, but at some point police said Newell poured gasoline on the victim and lit him on fire. No details were available regarding the victim’s status.

Police said Newell did not have any prior run-ins with the law.

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  1. He is going to feel that in the morning!........

  2. He's lucky the gas station didn't explode. You shouldn't light a match at a gas station never the less a person. What was he thinking? If there was really some altercation going on he should have stayed in the store and waited for the police to come in. This is ridiculous.