Photo: James Anthony Lawlor
SANTA ANA – On January 19 an incident occurred in a vacant lot in the 1300 block of West Tolliver. Two occupants of a tent that was set up on the lot reported that someone approached while they were in the tent and confronted them.
The Hispanic male wearing black pants and a black coat told the man and woman that they had 15 minutes to leave or the would return with a gun.
The male occupant of the tent put his head out of the tent to speak to the suspect and was promptly kicked in the head twice by the suspect, who then returned 5 minutes later with a container of gasoline.
After pouring the gas on the tent, the suspect lit it on fire. Both victims were able to escape the fire.
6 days later, 35-year-old James Anthony Lawlor was arrested and charged with arson, criminal threats,m attempted murder and assault with force like to produce bodily injury.