A woman whose estranged husband set himself ablaze in her Costa Mesa nail salon filed a restraining order against him last year after he allegedly threatened her with a hammer, according to court records.
Nam Thieu, 46, of Westminster doused himself in a flammable liquid and set himself on fire Sunday at Creative Nail & Spa at 3033 Bristol St., the Costa Mesa Police Department said. He was the only one reported injured at the scene.
Thieu suffered burns on more than 70% of his body and was not expected to survive. On Tuesday night, he was listed in critical condition.
The couple, who have three children, had a difficult history, the Daily Pilot reported. His wife described a November dispute in a restraining order application filed at the Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange in which Thieu allegedly demanded that she put their car's title in his name, waved a hammer in her direction and used a derogatory word to describe her and her mother.