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

Bail was set at $1 million for a Jamestown man accused of dousing a woman with a flammable substance and setting her on fire during a domestic incident earlier this week.

Luis M. Castro-Mojica, 37, pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault during arraignment Thursday morning in front of Judge John LaMancuso in Jamestown City Court. He was then remanded to Chautauqua County Jail with bail set at $1 million cash, $2 million property.

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.

The woman was listed in critical condition, police said.

Castro-Mojica also pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and criminal contempt stemming from a separate domestic incident in September. Warrants were issued and the Jamestown man was placed on the police department’s Top 10 Most Wanted List following the incident, the details of which have not been released.

Castro-Mojica is being represented by the Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office. He is scheduled to appear back in court Monday for a preliminary hearing

The Jamestown Police Department said it was continuing its investigation into Tuesday’s domestic incident with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Office. More charges are expected to be filed.