A 45-year-old transient was behind bars Tuesday on suspicion of dousing another homeless man with some sort of flammable liquid and setting him on fire.

Adrian Alberto Rodriguez Herrera was booked Monday on suspicion of arson and attempted murder in connection with the Friday morning attack, which was caught on video, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The motive for the 7 a.m. attack was not known, he said, adding that Herrera refused to make a statement to detectives.

“We can’t talk to the victim because he remains in critical condition on a ventilator,” Bertagna said.

The 64-year-old victim, whose name was withheld, sustained first-, second- and third-degree burns on his upper body, the corporal said.

Orange County firefighters and police were called to First Street and Broadway when a good Samaritan helped extinguish the flames by pulling off the victim’s flaming jacket and rolling him in rainwater, Bertagna said.

“The victim was sitting in front of a business, smoking a cigarette, talking on the phone when this guy rolls up on a bike, splashes him with two rounds of some type of flammable liquid and then lights him on fire,” Bertagna said.

About 1 p.m. Monday, police found the suspect on a bicycle in an alley in the 300 block of West First Street, which is near the original crime scene, Bertagna said.

Police were still looking for the man who came to the victim’s aid, he said.

Anyone who was a witness to the attack was asked to call police at 714-245-8390.

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