Suspect arrested in case of man set ablaze in parking lot

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SAN DIEGO -- A 26-year-old man was facing an attempted murder charge Tuesday for allegedly setting a man on fire in an Oak Park-area parking lot and driving off while the victim suffered critical burns.

Jose Ricardo Garibay was arrested on Estrella Avenue late Monday morning after a police sergeant spotted a Toyota pickup with a black camper shell seen in the parking lot of the Rite Aid on Euclid Avenue near 54th Street as 39- year-old victim Julio Edeza went up in flames, according to San Diego police. A surveillance photo of the truck and a composite sketch of a suspect were released earlier that morning.

Garibay was initially taken into custody in connection with two outstanding misdemeanor warrants, but detectives subsequently found “additional evidence and information and determined Garibay was the suspect who attempted to kill Edeza the day before,'' San Diego police Lt. Manny Del Toro said. Garibay was then booked into jail on suspicion of attempted murder and the outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

Del Toro said Edeza remained hospitalized in critical condition. He suffered severe burns after he was doused with gasoline or another type of flammable liquid and deliberately set ablaze late Sunday morning, according to police.

Authorities have disclosed no suspected motive for the crime.