Who would set fire to a homeless man?
January 19, 2015
Ventura police are searching for three men who attempted to burn alive a homeless man, but were thwarted by the efforts of a good Samaritan. [NBC LA]
Police say that 58-year-old John Frazier was sleeping near the San Buenaventura State Beach around 11 p.m. Saturday night when the three men approached him. The suspects poured lighter fluid on Frazier and then set him and his belongings on fire.
A passerby saw 5 to 6 foot-high flames and called the police. He then used sand to extinguish the fire.
Responders transported Frazier to the USC Medical Center, where he received treatment for his burns. The burns covered 40 percent of his body, but Frazier is expected to survive.
Following the crime, community members placed flowers, candles and messages of support at the location where Frazier was burned.
Police describe the suspects as three males in their late teens or early twenties. They have shaved heads and were wearing dark clothing.
Detectives request that anyone with information about the crime contact the Ventura Police Department at (805) 339-4309.