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Arrest made in connection with attack on two homeless men in Ventura County

Bill Oxford
A man has been arrested for an attack on two Ventura County transients involving flammable liquid.

Investigators say attacker tried to set fire to victims.

A transient has been arrested in Ventura County after detectives say he used a flammable liquid to set a tent on fire, injuring two homeless men.

The attack happened Tuesday afternoon in Thousand Oaks. The victims were in a tent in a ravine just off of Highway 101, near The Oaks Mall.

Investigators say Robert Burn walked up to the tent, dumped some flammable liquid inside, and started it on fire.

Both men inside were able to get out, but suffered burns and other minor injuries.

Burn left the scene, but was spotted and arrested by a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy Wednesday morning less than a mile away from the scene of the attack. The 34-year-old man is facing two attempted murder charges.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.