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Andover man dies after being set on fire by landlord, police say

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A 55-year-old man who police say was set on fire by his landlord has died from his injuries, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet Thursday.

Police say the victim's landlord, who was also his roommate, doused him with an accelerant and lit him on fire in the bedroom of their Andover home Tuesday night, according to a news release. The victim suffered burns on 80 percent of his body.

Witnesses said they saw the 29-year-old suspect flee the scene at a high rate of speed, the Sheriff's Office says.

Officials issued a statewide crime alert to find the suspect, who was believed to have access to a cabin near Orr, Minnesota. The suspect was later arrested near the cabin and booked into the St. Louis County jail, but he has not been charged, the release says. He had minor burns on his face.

An Anoka County Sheriff’s spokesman said deputies were sent to the home earlier that evening after reports of a dispute between a tenant and his landlord, but deputies left because no crime had been committed and the two agreed to separate for the evening.

Neighbors told KARE 11 that the suspect has a history of erratic behavior.

The name of the victim hasn't been released.

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