$1M bail for man accused of dousing girlfriend with gas, setting her ablaze

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VISTA, Calif. — An Oceanside man accused of pouring gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of attempted murder, assault and arson with great bodily injury.

Ricardo Gonzalez, 33, also faces allegations that he was out of custody on bail awaiting sentencing on two felony cases when he committed the felonies in the current case.

Bail was set at $1 million on the pending case, with no bail on the cases on which he was awaiting sentencing.

Officers and paramedics responded about 3:30 p.m. last Friday to the 3600 block of Cerro Avenue, where the unidentified woman was treated for significant burn injuries and transported to the UC San Diego Medical Center Burn Unit. She is expected to survive.

Gonzalez allegedly told police that he and the victim got into a fight in front of a home and that he got a gas can from the garage, poured gas on the victim, and lit her on fire with a lighter.

Gonzalez suffered minor injuries in the attack, police said.

The defendant, who faces life in prison if convicted, is scheduled to be back in court March 3 for a readiness conference and March 8 for a preliminary hearing.

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