A transient was arrested on suspicion of arson and attempted murder in connection with a fire in a Riverside homeless encampment that injured a man, authorities said Saturday.
The fire was reported about 7:30 a.m. April 15 at a homeless encampment in the 5900 block of Van Buren Boulevard, according to the Riverside Police Department.
Arriving firefighters found the encampment well-involved with fire and a man suffering from significant burns to his legs, police said. The fire was put out before it could spread beyond the encampment and the victim received immediate medical care.
Arson investigators were able to determine that the fire was intentionally set while the victim was inside the encampment, police said.
Investigators followed leads, identified a suspect and gave the information to police who arrested 42-year-old transient Joseph Breyer Wednesday, according to police. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center and held on $1 million bail.