Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Police: Woman tried to set man’s face on fire in Castro

A woman who allegedly tried to set someone’s face on fire in San Francisco’s Castro district Sunday is in custody after she was arrested on suspicion of arson and assault with a deadly weapon. [Update Thursday, April 16:] The woman, Victor Ricks, was released this morning, according to the sheriff’s department [End update].

Ricks, 36, of Los Angeles, was in the 400 block of Castro Street at 12:52 p.m. April 12 when a man asked her for a lighter, according to Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman.

Ricks allegedly pulled out an aerosol can and a lighter and tried to burn the victim’s face with them, Esparza said. The man, 21, wasn’t injured.

Before the incident, Ricks had been in an argument with the man’s friend, according to Esparza.

Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said today (Wednesday, April 15), that the incident is “under investigation,” and there’s “Insufficient evidence to charge the case at this time.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 15, 2015 @ 3:54 pm PST
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