Fire in the hole:
Flames broke out on the women’s clothing and hair, but no serious injuries were reported. Paul Alexander Pearson, 50, was arrested for investigation of assault, police Officer Debra Brown said.
The assault in downtown Seattle apparently began when the attacker ran up behind Gus Jones, 82, and dumped lighter fluid down his back at lunchtime Wednesday.
Jones felt someone grab his shoulder, smelled the fumes and hollered. Then, “I had to rap them with my cane,” he told The Seattle Times. Jones, recovering from a broken hip, fell to the pavement but was not set afire.