Store Worker Set On Fire In Reading; Suspect Sought

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By Oren Liebermann

READING, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Police are searching for a suspect after a worker at a corner store was doused with gasoline and set on fire in Reading.

Investigators say 32-year-old Joel Fontanez was behind the counter at the Citi Sub & Grocery Store when he was attacked around 8 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters were dispatched for a report of a fire and found the victim in a gutter across the street.

Deputy Fire Chief Tom Kemery says firefighters put out the blaze and an ambulance took Fontanez to the hospital. Wednesday officials said he was in critical condition.

“I was paying my bill at the counter and someone came in the door, tossed that on to Joel and they were gone,” says a witness, who did not want to be identified, that spoke to Eyewitness News.

“I said ‘Oh, my God!’ I shook…

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