FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 18CF0326          

Date: January 30, 2018

MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ARSON FOR SETTING FIRE TO TENT WITH HOMELESS MAN AND WOMAN INSIDE

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged with attempted murder and arson for setting fire to a tent with a homeless man and woman inside in Santa Ana.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

James Anthony Lawlor, 35, Santa Ana

Charged on Jan. 26, 2018, with the following felony counts:

  • Attempted murder
  • Arson of inhabited property
  • Possession of flammable material

Sentencing Enhancements

  • Premeditation
  • Arson with accelerant

Seven years to life in state prison

Continued arraignment

 

Feb. 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

 

Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • At the time of the crime, John Doe and Jane Doe lived in a tent near the defendant’s residence in Santa Ana.
  • At approximately 8:20 a.m. on Jan. 19, 2018, Lawlor is accused of confronting John Doe outside of his tent and kicking the victim in the face.     
  • The defendant is accused of driving away in his truck and returning to the victims’ tent a short time later with a red gasoline can.
  • Lawlor is further accused of pouring gasoline on John Doe and Jane Doe’s tent and lighting it on fire while both the victims were inside. The defendant is accused of then fleeing the scene.
  • Santa Ana Police Department, who investigated this case, arrested Lawlor on Jan. 25, 2018.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Nichols, Special Prosecutions Unit


 



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