Man pleads not guilty to charges stemming from attacks on two people at a Ventura County restaurant
Prosecutors say man sprayed lighter fluid on two victims, and tried to set one of them on fire.
A man accused of attacking two people at a Ventura County restaurant has pled not guilty to criminal charges stemming from the incident.
Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say on July 20, Robert Haight entered a Thousand Oaks pizzeria, sprayed lighter fluid on an employee, and then tried to set him on fire. They say as the worker tried to flee, the Palo Alto man grabbed a knife and chased him outside.
A bystander then tried to intervene. Investigators say that person was also sprayed with lighter fluid before he was able to subdue Haight.
The 61-year-old man is facing five felony charges, including assault with a caustic chemic and assault with a deadly weapon.