Bail Set At $1M For Man Accused Of Setting Woman On Fire

Luis M. Castro-Mojica

Luis M. Castro-Mojica

A Jamestown man who allegedly doused a woman with a flammable substance and set her on fire pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree assault Thursday morning.

Luis M. Castro-Mojica, 37, entered the plea during an arraignment in front of Judge John LaMancuso in Jamestown City Court. He was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $1 million cash bail, $2 million property, and is scheduled to appear back in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

Castro-Mojica is accused of dousing a 27-year-old woman with the flammable substance and setting her on fire at some point Tuesday night at a residence on Thayer Street in Jamestown. The woman, who has not been identified, was airlifted to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo with burns to her face, head and torso. She was listed in critical condition.

Castro-Mojica also pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges stemming from a domestic incident in September. He is being represented by the Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office.

The Jamestown Police Department said it was continuing its investigation into Tuesday’s domestic incident. More charges were expected.

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