A man was arrested on Sunday afternoon after allegedly pouring gasoline on another man during an argument at a gas station and setting him on fire, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said that at around 4:30 p.m. on May 28, two men got into an argument at a Mobil gas station on 22nd Street in Tampa, Florida.
Earl Hargrove, Jr., 34, was one of the men in the argument, and after the confrontation, police said, he purchased some gasoline from the pump.
Hargrove then allegedly poured the gas on the victim before lighting him on fire.
The sheriff’s office did not identify the victim, but said he was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he is listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
Deputies said two men, including one believed to be Hargrove, got into a verbal altercation at the Mobil gas station in Tampa.
“Evidence shows that Hargrove then purchased a small amount of gasoline, poured it on the victim and lit him on fire.”
The victim, whose name was not released as of Monday, remained in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Chronister said.
“A verbal argument should never escalate to this level of violence,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
“This suspect’s behavior is not only deplorable but will never be tolerated in our community. The suspect, in this case, is currently behind bars while we wait in anticipation for justice to be served.”
Hargrove was charged with first-degree attempted murder and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.
He is currently being held without bond in the Hillsborough County Orient Road Jail.