Man dies after being set on fire near Glendale bus stop earlier this month

Jul 26, 2022, 8:00 PM
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(Glendale Police Video Screenshot)

PHOENIX — A man set on fire outside a bus stop in Glendale earlier this month has died from his injuries, authorities said Tuesday.

Blake Angerer was 30 years old, according to a statement from a city of Glendale spokesman.

Angerer was doused by a water bottle filled with gasoline near 59th and Olive avenues by Luciano Marquis Simmons at about 4:30 a.m. on July 2, according to court documents.

Witnesses said Simmons filled up the bottle with $1 of gasoline, went to the nearby bus stop and used a blue butane torch to light Angerer on fire, court documents say.

Officers responded to a nearby Circle K and found Angerer engulfed in flames, according to court documents.

Angerer was taken to the Maricopa County Burn Unit.

Simmons, who is a transient, was arrested after a Circle K clerk identified him standing across the street from the gas station, according to court documents.

Police used identification to put Simmons as the buyer of the gasoline, according to court documents.

Simmons, in a post-arrest interview, said he bought a small amount of gasoline for his motorized bicycle but denied lighting Angerer on fire, court documents say.

A water bottle that smelled strongly of gasoline was recovered at the scene, according to court documents.

Simmons is facing one charge of aggravated assault. It is unknown if he will face additional charges following Angerer’s death.

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Man dies after being set on fire near Glendale bus stop earlier this month