Suspects Charged With Intentionally Starting Brush Fire in Eagle Rock, Calif., In Order to Kill Homeless People

The Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu
Two suspects have been arrested for intentionally starting a brush fire  at a homeless encampment in Eagle Rock, California. Prosecutors believe the men lit the blaze with the intention of killing the indigent inhabitants.
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Bryan Antonio Araujo-Cabrera and Daniel Michael Nogueira, both 25, were arrested August 31 at a home on Hill Drive, just a few blocks from the encampment off the Glendale Freeway where the fire started.

According to the L.A. Fire Department’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section (LAFD ACTS), some time after 4pm on August 25, an individual in a blue pickup truck got into an argument with occupants of the camp. The suspect then lit an incendiary device, targeting the homeless inhabitants.

 

Within a few hours the blaze had swallowed more than 45 acres and caused more than 100 homes in Glendale to be evacuated, according to the L.A. City Fire Department. More than 300 firefighters were involved in quelling the flames and while there was no property damage or loss of life, one firefighter was injured.

 

Nogueira was released September 1 after posting $1 million bail, while Araujo-Cabrera remains in custody in lieu of paying a $1.16 million bond. On Wednesday, the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office filed felony arson charges against the pair.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP; LAFD
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