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A California man is accused of lighting a sleeping homeless man on fire, and then taking photos of the fire, appeared in court on Tuesday and was charged with attempted murder.
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Richard Smallets, 32, was arrested earlier this month in connection with an arson investigation to be held in Glendale, a city in Los Angeles County, according to court records.
Glendale police responded about 1:20 a.m., Sept. 12, to help fire-fighters to extinguish the fire with a little pavement and a fire.
A homeless man told investigators that he was sleeping under a cardboard box when he was awakened by the smell of the smoke. He told me that he was trying to put out the fire with a bottle of water before the fire department arrived, the Glendale Police Department said in a news release.
Homicide Detectives obtained surveillance video from a nearby business which showed a man deliberately setting fire to cardboard in texture, and pausing to take pictures of the flames, the news release said. Smallets was later identified as a suspect and placed under arrest.
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The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged the Smallets with attempting to murder the very next day. He has pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing in September. 16, in Los Angeles’ KTLA reported. He was being held on $1 million bond.