Only One Suspect Charged With Torching Dancer
According to the L.A. Times, police have charged only one of two bar patrons arrested in connection with an incendiary attack against a 27-year-old bikini dancer. Rianne Celine Theriault-Odom, 28, allegedly exchanged words with Roberta Busby around 1:30 a.m. last Thursday outside Babes n' Beer in Tarzana. Theriault-Odom is accused of dousing Busby with a flammable liquid kept in a soda bottle and then setting the dancer alight. Once thought to be an accomplice in the crime, Nathaniel Petrillo, 22, has been cut loose from the case for lack of evidence of his participation, though he was arrested on an unrelated warrant.
Early today the L.A. Daily News reported that the club was a virtual vice bazaar, with prostitution so prevalent "that numerous YouTube videos have been posted detailing the escapades of alleged pimps standing in front of the club and boasting of their exploits." Busby remains in critical condition at the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, where she is undergoing skin grafts to repair burn damage to more than 40 percent of her body.
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