Man Arrested In Connection With LA Arson Spree

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with dozens of suspected arson fires that have rattled Los Angeles residents since last week.

A sheriff's deputy stopped the driver of a van early Monday in Hollywood. The vehicle matched a description by witnesses, and the driver resembled the person in a surveillance video that police released.

The man's identity was not immediately released, but fire Capt. Jamie Moore says he will be booked on arson charges.

A total of 53 suspicious blazes, mostly started in parked cars, have raged since Friday night in and around Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.

In several cases, flames jumped to garages and apartment buildings. The fires have caused $2 million in property damage, but no one has been hurt.

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Los Angeles Police Charlie Beck says he is confident authorities have their man after a person of interest was detained in connection with dozens of arson fires.

Beck tells City News Service that the ponytailed man had materials possibly linking him to the fires when his van was stopped by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies early Monday morning near the Hollywood border with West Hollywood.

Fifty-five fires have been set since last week in Los Angeles and nearby communities, most of them in cars inside apartment carports. Those include a dozen fires on Monday.

No one was injured but many apartment dwellers were forced from their homes.

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Officials say 12 suspected arson fires broke out overnight at carports and garages in the Los Angeles area, and a "person of interest" has been taken into custody.

Department spokesman Capt. Jaime Moore says 10 of the blazes occurred in Los Angeles and two were in West Hollywood. He says they broke out shortly after 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Arson investigators are on the scene. No injuries have been reported.

On Sunday, police released grainy surveillance video showing a man at a parking garage that was the scene of one of dozens of suspicious car fires. Moore says it's not known if that man is the "person of interest" authorities detained early Monday.

He says it's too early to say whether the person has any "direct correlation" to the rash of fires.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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