Ventura PD close homeless man burn/attempted murder case from January

treatment arial,sans-serif;”>On January 17th, 2015 Ventura Police Officers responded to a call of a burn victim on the beach at the south end of Seaward Ave. Ventura Police Officers located the victim, Frazier, seated near his burned sleeping bag suffering from severe burns to his upper torso and face. During the investigation no corroborating evidence was located to support Frazier’s initial account of the incident in which he described 3 subjects dousing him with lighter fluid. During a follow up interview with Frazier, he was uncooperative with investigators and also changed his account of the incident. In addition, detectives received information from a witness that contradicted Frazier’s initial statement and raised doubt about this being a criminal act.

Ventura Police Detectives continued with the investigation and consulted with Ventura City and County Fire Investigators in regards to the burn pattern of the sleeping bag fabric and the victim’s clothing. After extensive testing it was determined that the fire most likely started inside the bag and the bag burned from the inside out. In addition, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Crime Lab tested the fabric for accelerants and no accelerants were found on the fabric.

As a result of the investigation it was determined that this incident was likely accidental. Frazier continues to be treated for his injuries at the USC medical center and is expected to recover.

Prior article: Homeless man hospitalized after being set on fire

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