A brush fire occurred in Eagle Rock on August 25th which prompted the LAPD to evacuate residents and force road closures. On August 31st, two suspects: M. Nogueira and B. Araujocabrera, both 25, were arrested and charged with attempted murder.
Nogueira’s bail was set at $1 million, and according to the LAPD, he was released on bond. Araujocabrera’s bail was set at $1.1116 million, and he is still in custody. No additional details were released by law enforcement at the time of the arrest, though more information is expected to be released once the case is presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
According to law enforcement, the first fire was reported on Colorado Blvd. at 4:10 pm. Over 200 firefighters, as well as water-dropping helicopters, responded to the fire in an attempt to extinguish the flames before things got out of control. 45 acres total were burned over the course of two days until the fires were brought under control.
Attempted murder is covered under California Penal Codes 664/187 PC and is defined as, with the intent to kill someone, taking a direct step toward killing them, but they don’t die.
In order to be charged with attempted murder, a prosecutor must be able to prove that the defendant took at least one direct, but ineffective, step toward killing a person or a fetus and that the defendant actually intended to kill that person or fetus.
Attempted murder is divided into two parts: first-degree attempted murder and second-degree attempted murder. First-degree attempted murder is charged when it can be proven that the attempt was willful, deliberate, and premeditated. Second-degree attempted murder is charged in cases where the attempted commission of murder was not willful, premeditated, or deliberate. The penalties for first-degree attempted murder are life in prison with the possibility of parole. For second-degree attempted murder, the possible penalties include 5 to 9 years in California state prison.