Suspects questioned after man assaulted and burned in Annandale – UPDATED

UPDATED MONDAY, 3:15pm

A 14-year-old is facing attempted robbery and malicious wounding charges, accused of setting a man on fire in Annandale. The boy was arrested Sunday after a man was assaulted in the 4500 block of Commons Drive Sunday afternoon.

According to Fairfax County police, the teenager was one of a group of several young people who planned to rob the man of his backpack while he was sleeping on the street. The man awoke to find his backpack and clothes were on fire.

The victim was treated and released at a hospital for injuries to his upper body. Detectives say they’re working to identify others who were involved in the assault and robbery attempt.

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Two people are being questioned and Fairfax County police are searching for three more. They’re accused of assaulting a man Sunday afternoon in the 4500 block of Commons Drive in Annandale and then setting him on fire.

The victim’s injuries are said to be non-life threatening and detectives haven’t released a motive for the attack.

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