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News Release

Friday, October 10, 2008

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Homeless Person Burned to Death

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Detectives from Robbery-Homicide Division are investigating the murder of a homeless man in the Rampart Area.

On October 9, 2008, at around 9:40 p.m., the victim was on the sidewalk in the 3500 block of West 3rd Street when a suspect approached him and doused with an accelerant. The suspect set the victim on fire and fled the scene leaving a red plastic gasoline container.

The victim was taken to Los Angeles County Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries. He is currently listed as John Doe, in his 50s, due to his identity has not been determined.

The suspect was only described as a male Hispanic in his mid to late 20s.

The motive for the killing is unknown.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or having seen a person purchasing gasoline with a red plastic gas container is asked to call Robbery-Homicide Detectives at 213- 485-2531. After hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855). Callers may also text "CRIMES" with a cell phone or by logging on to and clicking on Web Tips. When using a cell phone always begin the message with "LAPD." All calls and contacts are anonymous.