Man accused of setting Denny's customer on fire arrested

Brutal, random gasoline attack

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. -- A man suspected of setting another person on fire at a Happy Valley Denny's restaurant was arrested Thursday evening.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office tweeted "We got him!" Thursday night.

Deputies told KGW's Mike Benner that on Wednesday evening, the man walked into the restaurant, located at 12101 Southeast 82nd Avenue, at about 9 p.m., sat down, threw gasoline on the customer, then lit the victim on fire with a book of matches.

Watch: Surveillance video of the suspect enter Denny's

The victim is a 69-year-old man. His family has identified him as Scott Ranstrom. He is in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel hospital.

“His face was like this big and he’s a skinny guy. And all red, and horrible-looking, burnt to a crisp. He was burnt to a crisp," Ranstrom's sister said. "They did that to my big brother. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. It’s not fair.”

His family has set up a GoFundMe page to pay for his medical expenses.

Deputies said the suspect and victim did not know each other.

The suspect was described as 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall with a medium to muscular build and a lighter-skinned complexion. He's in his mid to late 20s, wearing a black flat-brim hat, black hooded jacket, gray sweatpants with a black stripe, and black shoes.

Detectives are looking into the possibility that this case is related to another incident earlier this week, in which a person threw gasoline on a stranger at the Clackamas Town Center movie theater.

Deputies told KGW Thursday that they did not make the incident public based on an interview with the victim, who seemed to treat the incident as a joke. They will now interview the person again.

Denny's issued the following statement Thursday morning:

“We are deeply disturbed by the senseless, random act of violence that took place at our franchised-owned Happy Valley restaurant, and our thoughts and prayers are with our guest that was seriously injured. Both guests and team members acted quickly to help this guest and ensure the safety of others in the restaurant. We are actively assisting authorities in their investigation and we ask that anyone with information to please contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's office at 503-723-4949."

The Clackamas County Homicide and Violent Crime teams are investigating.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503-723-4949 or by filling out the online form. Click here to fill out the form and reference CCSO Case No. 17-10537.

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