January 03, 2013
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has charged a 24-year-old man with attempted murder for allegedly setting a homeless woman on fire as she slept on a suburban bus bench.
Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney says Dennis Petillo is scheduled to be arraigned January 7. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $1.03 million.
In addition to attempted murder, he is charged with aggravated mayhem.
Carney alleges that Petillo threw a flammable liquid on the 67-year-old woman, who had slept on the bench for years, then set her on fire last Thursday.
The victim remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
If convicted, Petillo faces a maximum of life in state prison if convicted. It’s not known if he has retained an attorney.