Long Beach Police Announce Arrest in Firebomb Case

Melissa Pamer and Nyree Arabian (NBC) | October 25, 2012

Long Beach police have made an arrest in the investigation of a man who was set on fire by a Molotov cocktail outside a market last week.

At a news conference on Wednesday, authorities announced they have arrested Jacob Lagarde, a 27-year-old Long Beach resident with an extensive criminal record.

Lagarde, who was said to be a member of a non-Long Beach gang, was arrested Tuesday night. Authorities said they would not release a booking photo while the investigation continued.

Lagarde was held on suspicion of attempted murder, mayhem, possession of an explosive, arson causing bodily harm, and probation violation. It was an apparently unprovoked attack, police said.

“We’re looking for a motive,” said Deputy Chief Robert Luna of the Long Beach Police Department. “Hopefully these witnesses that were asking to come forward will help us put the pieces of the puzzle together.”

A man in his 50s was sitting outside a market on Friday night when another man threw a flaming bottle at him, leaving the victim with serious burns on the lower part of his body, his hands and face.

Surveillance video showed the victim running through the market’s parking lot aflame, then other patrons of the market helping put out the fire.

The man who threw the fiery weapon had come from an alley with a lighted bottle in hand, police said. A person with a baby carriage was standing just feet away, the video showed.

Read more at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Long-Beach-Police-Announce-Arrest-in-Firebomb-Case-175683011.html

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