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Juan Soria Hernandez of Ventura wanted he allegedly doused wife with gasoline and set her on fire


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Update: Subject has surrendered to police.


A manhunt was underway Monday for the husband of a woman who called the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and reported that he was trying to set her on fire. Juan Manuel Hernandez Soria, seen in a photo provided by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, was being sought by authorities on Monday, Jan. 5, 2014.

Juan Soria Hernandez, is being sought by authorities on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The incident occurred in the 11800 block of Broadway Road. The couple’s three young children were home at the time, authorities said. When fire crews arrived, a small fire was burning inside a bathroom. The woman, who had been burned by the flames, was located outside the house. Investigators discovered gasoline on her clothing. Due to the severity of her injuries, she was later transported to a burn center.

“We’re waiting to see how she’s going to pull through the next 24 hours,” Aguilar said. The three children were at a safe location, according to sheriff’s officials. The woman was allegedly doused with gasoline and set on fire. Police are searching for the woman’s husband, identified as 31-year-old Juan Soria Hernandez. the Sheriff’s Office stated.

He was described as a Hispanic man, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, and facial hair. Hernandez was believed to be driving a white, 2005 Ford F250 truck, with California license plate 86644S1. The truck has a white toolbox and fuel tank in the bed and large tires, according to the Sheriff’s Office, who said Hernandez has access to firearms.

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