A homeless man fast asleep inside a sleeping bag at Ventura Beach California was set on fire by three men in the wee hours of Saturday, reports KTLA. The homeless man, who has been identified as 58-year-old John Frazier, was grievously injured in the attack and suffered second and third-degree burns. Frazier was saved by a good samaritan who saw the flames from his body rise five to six feet in the air. The man put out the flames using sand and called 911 immediately, asking for help. The incident happened at around 11 p.m. local time, according to NBC Los Angeles.
By the time emergency services and fire fighters arrived at the scene, many of John Frazier’s personal items were still smoldering. Frazier suffered burn injuries to his face and upper torso. He was taken to the nearby USC Medical Center for treatment, where his condition remains stable. He was later shifted to a burn unit. Frazier is expected to survive this ordeal.
Officials from the Ventura Police Department have said that the dastardly attack on the homeless man was carried out by three suspects who are being sought for questioning. Police officials have said that the suspects are likely in their teens or early 20s. They had shaved heads and wore dark clothing at the time of the attack. The names of the suspects have not been released.
“It appears to be a random act at this time. Typically this is a quiet area, but things happen in areas you don’t expect it,” Ventura Police Commander Thom Higgins said.
Meanwhile, primary investigation into the attack has revealed that the suspects used lighter fluid to set the homeless man and his meager belongings on fire. There seems to be no specific motive behind this attack except for some teenagers choosing a cruel way to have some fun.
A police investigation is underway as we file this report. If you are a citizen from the area and have any information pertaining to the attackers, you are requested to call up the Ventura police detectives at (805) 339-4309 to help nab the perpetrators.
This is not the first time that reports of attacks on homeless people have been reported. In the past, the Inquisitr had reported about several such cases, the latest such incident being reported just last month.
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