He walked into Denny’s, dumped gasoline on a 69-year-old stranger and lit him on fire, police say

An Oregon man is in critical condition with burns to his face and body after being set on fire by a complete stranger.


Identified as Scott Ranstrom, the 69-year-old man was sitting in a booth at Denny’s in Happy Valley, Oregon, on Wednesday night when a young man police believe to be Deshaun James Swanger walked in and was seated in a booth adjacent to him, per KATU.

According to surveillance video, the man then dumped a liquid, believed to be gasoline, on Ranstrom and tossed a burning object at him. There was a large flash as Ranstrom caught fire, and the suspect ran out of the restaurant, per KATU.

“We are deeply disturbed by the senseless, random act of violence that took place at our franchised-owned Happy Valley restaurant, and our thoughts and prayers are with our guest that was seriously injured,” a spokesperson for Denny’s said in a statement.

On Thursday night, Clackamas County police…

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