Updated 4:13 p.m.: Prosecutors say they've charged a 27-year-old man with throwing a Molotov cocktail at a man and setting him on fire in Long Beach, the Associated Press reported.
Deputy District Attorney Jodi Castano said Thursday that Jacob Timothy Lagarde faces a charge of attempted murder and five other felonies.
The complaint says Lagarde has had four prior felony convictions, including robbery, grand theft and drug offences — all crimes committed since 2003.
Lagarde is accused of throwing the lit Molotov cocktail at a 54-year-old man on Friday, shortly before 7 p.m. The man suffered burns to his hands, face and below the waist.
If convicted of attempted murder, Lagarde faces a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Previously: A Long Beach man has been arrested and accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a man sitting outside of a market, setting him on fire.
Jacob Lagarde, 27, was booked Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder, mayhem, possession of an explosive, arson causing great bodily injury and for a probation violation. Lagarde has ties to a criminal street gang and has an extensive criminal record, according to Long Beach police.
The 54-year-old man suffered burns on his hands and face and from the waist down when his clothing ignited during the attack on the 200 block of W. Pacific Coast Highway. He remains in the hospital in critical, but stable condition, police said.
Investigators received a tip from the public about Lagarde being a possible suspect on Tuesday and he was taken into custody. Detectives are still investigating a motive and if Lagarde and the victim know each other.
Police made public a video of the attack (caution: This video is graphic and may be disturbing):