Suspect wanted for setting victim on fire "extremely dangerous," police say

Arlington police are still searching for a man who lit a victim on fire yesterday in South Arlington

  • Joe Lam - Wanted for lighting man on fire in Arlington, TX
    Joe Lam is wanted by police for lighting a man on fire Wednesday in Arlington. (Courtesy Arlington Police)
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UPDATE: Police reported that Joe Lam was captured Friday by the US Marshals' North Texas Fugitive Task Force and Dallas police.

ORIGINAL: Police are asking the public to assist in locating an “extremely dangerous” man who set another man on fire Wednesday.

The incident happened in the 6400 block of Nicole Way in South Arlington. Suspect Joe Lam, who drove to the area for an unknown reason, was confronted by two men. It’s unclear what caused it, but police say a confrontation ensued between Lam and the two men.

During the confrontation, Lam doused one of the men in a flammable liquid and set him on fire. The victim suffered burns to his arms and chest, and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. His condition is unknown.

The Fire Department is waiting on state lab results to confirm the contents of the liquid, police reported Friday.

Lam drives a 2004 Dark Blue Toyota Matrix with Texas license plate number DK6J126.

Anyone with information regarding Lam’s whereabouts should contact Detective Evans at 817-459-6361.