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Suspect arrested for attempted homicide, arson in Mission tent fire incident

An SFPD vehicle is seen behind bars in the Mission Police Station in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

Lawrence Harmon, 27, of San Francisco, was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, arson creating great bodily injury, arson to a structure, two counts of a court ordered violation and on a local warrant, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

On Aug. 7 at 8:51 a.m., officers responded to Shotwell and 18th streets for a fire investigation and located personnel from the San Francisco Fire Department at the scene who had extinguished a fire on the sidewalk. Officers spoke with a 27-year-old victim who said she had an argument with a man and watched as he poured a liquid inside her tent, which then started a fire.

The tent was occupied by a second victim, a 25-year-old man who suffered severe burns from the fire. The second victim was transported to the hospital with injuries that were considered life threatening. The suspect then fled the scene as the woman helped extinguish the flames on the second victim.

Investigators were able to identify the suspect as Harmon and obtained a warrant for his arrest. On Monday, Harmon was located in the area of 13th and Folsom streets and was taken into custody without incident, police said.

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