The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is attempting to identify a suspect in connection to an attempted homicide where a homeless man was set on fire in Ozone Park in Santa Monica on Saturday, October 16th. Ozone Park is a small strip of grass near Venice Boardwalk. The victim was laying on a park bench asleep when an unknown subject poured an unknown chemical onto the victim and set them on fire, at this time the SMPD has considered it to be an attempted homicide. Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD) treated the victim and had a privately contracted ambulance company transport them to the hospital to get more advanced treatment for the burns that the victim had.
A statement released from the SMPD stated that "approximately around 11:35 PM, a homeless male was asleep in Ozone Park when he was doused with an unknown liquid then set on fire. The victim was subsequently transported to the hospital to be treated for his burns. He suffered burns to approximately fifty percent of his body. He also had a 2-inch laceration on top of his head from possible blunt force trauma.
SMPD detectives are following up on leads and working hard to identify the suspect involved in this incident. They are looking to question a subject who was seen in the area during the incident. He is described as a male 5’6” - 5’8”, medium build, wearing a hat, long-sleeved white shirt, and dark shorts.
Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Detective Tavera, at 310-458-2256, or the Watch Commander at 310-458-8427."