Raymond Sean Clark, Homeless in LBC, Held in Murder by SUV fire; Police Seek Witnesses

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Courtesy of Long Beach Police Department and NBC4/Los Angeles
Long Beach police detectives are investigating a "horrific" murder pinned to a homeless man who allegedly burned a 63-year-old man to death inside his SUV parked in a convenience store lot along Pacific Coast Highway. Cops, hoping witnesses will come forward, have released surveillance footage from around 5:30 p.m. Friday in front of the 7-Eleven near PCH and Clark Avenue.

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Raymond Sean Clark
All police know is Raymond Sean Clark, a 34-year-old transient, allegedly set Jerry Payne of Long Beach on fire while the victim sat in his SUV in broad daylight. Witnesses have told the media, but not cops, that Payne had refused Clark's request for money.

According to Sgt. Aaron Eaton of the Long Beach Police Department, those are the kinds of  details his agency hopes to get from witnesses, because they establish a motive to a crime that is unusual for the city and "just horrific." Eaton urged people with such information to call his detectives at 562.570.7244.

Clark, meanwhile, is being held in Los Angeles County Jail and had been set to be arraigned today on attempted murder charges. Because Payne died in a hospital Monday from his injuries, a murder charge is now being sought by police, which is delaying Clark's arraignment date, Eaton noted.

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21 comments
Lon Hall
Lon Hall

No, the whole world has not gone crazy because it cannot go where it has been ever since the sin of disobedience to God and the expulsion from Eden. The whole world *IS* crazy and doomed to repeated sin and damnation.

Aj Rez
Aj Rez

It's now a crime to torch SUVs? WTF is this world coming to???

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

They need to enforce soliciting and vagrancy laws more and leave people who already pay taxes and are speeding alone. 

Joel White
Joel White

What pisses me off is that there is always nuts or druggies in front of 711 asking for money. I have been called a "fucking asshole" for refusing to giving some tweeker money one time (I only had my card at the time.) I don't understand why 711 is just "ok" with these people loitering around and never doing anything about it. I think it is bad for business.

Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez

now this homeless guy gets a bed, 3 meals and all medical care on tax payers dime. sweet!

Afroxander Ivan
Afroxander Ivan

Exactly. The world's a pretty big place with LOTS of people. Sometimes we hear about the "crazy" stuff, sometimes we don't.

Robert Baker
Robert Baker

it seems daily occurences are what used to happen weekly or monthly.

Geoff Leamon
Geoff Leamon

he just died yesterday, how is that old news?!?

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