A man who allegedly tried to set his wife on fire turned himself into authorities and was being held on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said.
Juan Soria Hernandez, 31, surrendered to law enforcement officials in Bakersfield on Thursday night, according to sheriff’s Capt. Renee Ferguson.
The suspect was in custody in Ventura County on Friday morning, Ferguson said.
A manhunt for Hernandez had been underway since an incident shortly before 4 a.m. Monday at a home in the 11800 block of Broadway Road (map), in an unincorporated area just north of Moorpark.
Fire crews arrived to find Hernandez’s wife, who had been burned by flames from a small fire inside a bathroom, the Los Angeles Times reported. Investigators found gasoline on her clothing.
The couple’s three children were home at the time, authorities said, and were later taken to a safe location.
The victim sustained significant wounds and was taken to a local hospital and then a burn center, authorities had said.
In a news release Friday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office said Hernandez’s wife was in critical condition.
Soria was booked into jail in Ventura early Friday on suspicion of attempted murder, arson causing great bodily injury, aggravated mayhem, torture, and child endangerment.
His bail is set at $1 million and he was scheduled for arraignment at Ventura County Superior Court on Monday morning.