Accused California murder suspect who set woman ablaze arrested

ByABC7.com staff via KABC logo
Monday, December 28, 2015
Clarence Duwell Dear, 51, of Pomona, is shown in an undated photo.
Clarence Duwell Dear, 51, of Pomona, is shown in an undated photo.
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PASADENA, Calif. -- Authorities arrested a California man Sunday who is suspected of murdering a woman by setting her on fire on Christmas Day.

Clarence Duwell Dear, 51, of Pomona, was arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and Pasadena police after receiving a tip that he may have boarded a Metro Bus in Pasadena.

He was transported to the Pomona Police Department, where he was booked for murder. His bail was set at $1 million.

Around 2 p.m. Friday, Pomona police officers responded to the 1500 block of Cordova Street on reports of a woman fully engulfed in fire running from a home. She eventually collapsed and authorities attempted to render aid.

Dawn Hensley, 41, was rushed to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Authorities believe she was involved in a domestic dispute and was then doused in gasoline before she was lit on fire, possibly with a cigarette.

No further information on Dear's arrest was available. The investigation was ongoing.