Juvenile Arrested for Allegedly Robbing Man, Setting Him on Fire in Pico Union Area

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A 16-year-old boy was arrested Friday on suspicion of robbing a man and then setting him on fire in the Pico Union area.

The attack occurred around 2 a.m. on Monday in the 500 block of Union Avenue, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

When officers responding to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon arrived at the scene, they learned a 28-year-old male Hispanic had been transported to a hospital in critical condition with second and third-degree burns, the release stated.

The victim was sleeping near an apartment building complex when he was robbed, police said.

The assailant then used an unknown type of accelerant to set the man on fire, according to investigators with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A 16-year-old male Hispanic was identified as a suspect and arrested without incident.

He was booked for robbery and attempted murder.

Detectives investigating the incident were searching for witnesses. Anyone with information was urged to call detectives at 213-484-3400.

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