The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has charged a 24-year-old man with attempted murder and accused him of setting a homeless woman on fire as she slept on a bus bench in Van Nuys.
Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney says Dennis Petillo is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at about $1 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 up to life in prison. It's not known if he has retained an attorney.