Earl Hargrove Jr. (Hillsborough County Sheriff

Earl Hargrove Jr. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

A 34-year-old man in Florida was arrested over the weekend for allegedly dousing another man in gasoline and lighting him on fire following a verbal altercation. Earl Hargrove Jr. was taken into custody on Sunday and charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

The victim, whose name has not been disclosed by authorities, was in “critical condition” after suffering “life-threatening injuries” from the blaze, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) said in a press release.

According to HCSO, Hargrove and the victim were both at a Mobile gas station in Tampa at about 4:32 p.m. on May 28 when they “engaged in a verbal confrontation.”

Following the brief dispute, investigators say that Hargrove went to one of the pumps at the gas station and purchased a “small amount of gasoline.”

“Hargrove then proceeded to pour the gasoline on the victim” and lit him on fire, the release states. “The victim was taken to Tampa General Hospital (TGH) where he is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.”

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