Homeless man sleeps set on fire in Santa Monica Park

Suspect in the October 16 incident

By Sam Catanzaro

The Santa Monica Police Department is looking for a suspect who severely burned a person who slept in a Santa Monica park over the weekend.

According to Lieutenant Rudy Flores of the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), the incident occurred on October 16 at around 11:35 p.m.

“A homeless man was sleeping in Ozone Park when an unknown liquid was poured over him and then set on fire,” Flores said in a press release.

The victim, whose identity was not disclosed by the police, was taken to a local hospital for treatment for his burns.

In addition, according to the SMPD, he had a two-inch laceration on his head from a possible blunt violent trauma.

“He was burned to about fifty percent of his body,” said Flores.

He is currently in stable condition and is recovering in the hospital, according to Flores.

SMPD detectives are trying to identify the wanted suspect for this incident, who was last seen at the crime scene.

“He is described as a man of 5’6” – 5’8 “, of medium stature, wearing a hat, long-sleeved white shirt and dark shorts,” the SMPD said.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Tavera of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) at 310-458-2256 or the Commandant of the Guard at 310-458-8427.

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