California authorities arrested a suspect on suspicion of arson and attempted murder, among other charges, after an alleged victim provided investigators a sketch based on his recollection of the attacker’s appearance.
According to a Santa Ana Police Department statement, officers responded to a tent fire earlier this month on a vacant lot. A man and a woman said they were in their tent when a man approached and threatened them.
The suspect kicked the male victim and threatened to return in 15 minutes with a gun, according statements to police.
Instead, 35-year-old James Anthony Lawlor allegedly returned with a can of gasoline.
“The suspect poured gasoline on the occupied tent and set it on fire before leaving the scene southbound on Bristol in his black truck,” the police statement.
Lawlor was arrested days later, according to police, in part thanks to the help victims provided in identifying a suspect.