Man accused of pouring gas on stranger at Denny's, lighting him on fire faces more charges

Three mug shots from past arrests of suspect DeShaun Swanger.

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. – The man accused of dousing a customer at a Denny’s restaurant in gasoline and lighting him on fire was indicted on additional charges late last month.

According to court documents filed in November, DeShaun James Swanger now faces first-degree arson and second-degree assault along with the initial attempted aggravated murder charges.

Clackamas County deputies identified the 25-year-old Swanger as the suspect accused of burning 69-year-old Scott Ranstrom while he was eating at a Denny’s restaurant. Ranstrom was left in critical condition after the attack.

Officials said Swanger was staying in a transitional home at the time and was being monitored by probation officers for a past criminal case.

He’s being held in the Clackamas County Jail on $500,000 bail.

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