A homeless man has died from his injuries after he was set on fire over the weekend in East Asheville, North Carolina, police said.
According to Asheville police, Larry Donnell Alston, 58, was set on fire just before 1 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. He was then rushed to the Wake Forest Baptist Health Burn Center in Winston-Salem.
Alston was pronounced dead at the hospital Thursday, Aug. 22, at approximately 4 a.m., police said.
Robert Charles Austin, 66, who is accused of intentionally setting the fire, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with attempted murder.
Those charges were upgraded to first-degree murder Thursday morning, according to Asheville Police Department.
Austin is being held with no bond in the Buncombe County Jail. His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 11.
Austin is believed to be homeless and is known to frequent the area near the Veterans Restoration Quarters on Tunnel Road, where the crime happened, police said.
Investigators are looking for two potential witnesses to the crime. Photos of the witnesses were released Wednesday, including the drivers of the white GMC Sierra pickup truck and silver Jeep Liberty SUV. Police said they may have information that would be beneficial to the investigation due to their presence in the area not long before the incident took place. Neither driver is a suspect in the case.
Anyone who has information regarding the incident or potential witnesses are asked to call police at (828) 252-1110 or Asheville-Buncombe Crimestoppers at (828) 255-5050.
Callers may remain anonymous with both numbers.