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Man Who Allegedly Set 2 People on Fire at Homeless Encampment Charged

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A man who allegedly lit two people on fire at a South L.A. homeless encampment was charged Tuesday with attempted murder, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office officials said.

Phillip Darryl Cole is seen in a photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Phillip Darryl Cole is seen in a photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police believe Phillip Darryl Cole, 54, went up to a homeless encampment near 83rd Street and Vermont Avenue on May 19, doused two people with flammable liquid and lit them on fire.

Both victims were seriously injured, police said. Cole was arrested by Los Angeles Police officers on Saturday.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon and prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $2.3 million, officials said.

He is charged on suspicion of two counts of premeditated murder and one county each of mayhem, arson causing great bodily injury and arson of an inhabited structure or property.

Cole also faces robbery and assault charges for another incident the same day where police believe he attacked two other people with a hammer while robbing them.

Cole faces up to life in prison if convicted, officials said.