Man Charged With Attempted Murder in Long Beach Molotov Cocktail Attack

The suspect, who has four previous felony convictions, saw his arraignment postponed

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    In a still from surveillance video, a woman pulls a baby carriage away from a man who had been lit ablaze by a Molotov cocktail thrown at him on Oct. 19, 2012.

    A man with a history of criminal convictions was charged with attempted murder Thursday after he allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at another man in Long Beach, leaving the victim with burns over much of his body.

    Jacob Timothy Lagarde, 27, of Long Beach, was also charged with five related felony counts in the Oct. 19 attack that police described as unprovoked.

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    Jacob Lagarde, a 27-year-old Long Beach resident with an extensive criminal record, has been arrested in the investigation of a man who set on fire by a Molotov cocktail outside a market last week. Surveillance video of the attack led to a break in the case, police say, adding that they are still looking for additional witnesses. Conan Nolan reports from Long Beach for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2012.

    His arraignment at Long Beach Superior Court on Thursday afternoon was continuted to Nov.8, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. Lagarde's bail was set at $1.2 million, the amount requested by prosecutors.

    In announcing Lagarde's arrest Wednesday, Long Beach police had described him as a member of a gang outside of the city.

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    In this YouTube video released by the Long Beach Police Department, a man is seen throwing a Molotov cocktail at a man outside a Long Beach market.

    He allegedly walked up to a 54-year-old man in front of the El Paisano Ranch Market last week and tossing a lit bottle at a man who remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Surveillance video showed the victim running into the market's parking lot aflame.

    Lagarde was additionally charged with one count of explosion with intent to murder, one count of explosion causing mayhem or great bodily injury and three arson counts, according to DA's office.

    The complaint against Lagarde also alleged he personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury upon the victim, the DA's office said.

    Lagarde has four prior felony convictions, including robbery, grand theft and drug offenses, since 2003, according to the complaint.

    He faces a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

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