UPDATE: THE JOKER IS NOW IN CUSTODY!

26 year old Garrick Ian Hastings goes by the nickname Joker.  And now Harris County investigators have charged the former state inmate.  Hastings aka Joker is accused of brutally beating and setting a woman on fire.  Investigators say he left her for dead but the woman survived with 80% of her body sustaining burns.  Joker allegedly told a friend the woman – he claims was a hooker – tried to steal $6000 from him that’s when he tried to kill her.  Hastings made his first court appearance today in Harris County. Two others were arrested in the case with the Joker including Anita Pena who’s accused of kidnapping the female victim.