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John Anthony Vasquez accused of setting girlfriend on fire at campsite in Clear Creek County

Posted: 6:30 AM, Jun 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-21 20:58:15-04

A man is facing criminal charges after being accused of setting his girlfriend on fire at a Clear Creek County campsite, leaving the woman critically injured.

The Denver Post reports John Anthony Vasquez was ordered held Monday on $2 million bail. The 32-year-old suspect faces charges of attempted murder, assault and violating a protection order.

Authorities responded to a camping area off County Road 140 near Idaho Springs Friday to find a woman with third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body, according to the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office.

Vasquez is accused of pouring gasoline on the woman before setting her on fire, deputies said.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

The woman's young sons, ages 7 and 9, were also at the campsite. The 7-year-old boy suffered burns to his left hand when he tried to put out the flames on his mother, a law enforcement official told Denver7.

Booking documents do not indicate if Vasquez has hired an attorney.

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