Man arrested after allegedly setting tent on fire with 2 people inside in Thousand Oaks

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Robert Burn is shown in a photo released by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 16, 2021.

Robert Burn is shown in a photo released by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 16, 2021.

A man has been arrested after allegedly setting a tent on fire that had two homeless people inside it in Thousand Oaks earlier this week, officials announced Wednesday.

The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. at a drainage area near The Oaks shopping mall, Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Lohman told KTLA.

The man, identified as 34-year-old Robert Burn, apparently had a disagreement with one of the victims before allegedly throwing a flammable liquid on the tent and setting it on fire.

The victims, both men in their 50s, were able to get out of the tent but suffered injuries, including burns.

Fire personnel put out the fire, but Burn had ran away from the area before deputies arrived at the scene.

Burn, who is also homeless but is known to live in Thousand Oaks, was eventually taken into custody around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Lohman said.

He was booked on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder, officials said in an updated news release. His bail was set at $500,000.

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