• Police Say Man Lit Transient on Fire: Bail set at $2,460,000

    Steven Mark Palmer

    Steven Mark Palmer

    On March 13, 2015, the Seaside Fire Department, Monterey Fire Department, and the Seaside Police Department responded to a fire at a campsite in Laguna Grande Park. The campsite had been occupied by several homeless subjects who frequent the park. Officers arrived and found three subjects who had been at the campsite. All three had sustained severe burns from the fire. Witnesses who had been in the area stated they did not know what caused the fire. Information on the cause of the fire was limited. A Seaside Fire Investigator later determined an accelerant was the most likely cause of the fire which engulfed a tent and the entire campsite.

    Seaside Police Detectives took over the investigation on March 18, 2015. The investigation revealed transient Steven Mark Palmer used an accelerant, and then lit the victim on fire. A second victim who had been near the victim was also burned by the fire. Palmer also received serious burns. Palmer has been arrested for two counts of Attempted Murder, two counts of arson causing great bodily injury, two counts of assault with caustic chemicals, and two counts of arson to an inhabited dwelling. He is being held in lieu of $2,460,000.00 bail.

    If anyone has any information regarding this crime, other crimes or suspicious activity, please contact the Seaside Police Department.

    Anonymous Tip-Line – (831) 899-6282

    Seaside Police Department – (831) 899-6748 

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 24, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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