UPDATE: Man in Custody in LA Arson Investigation

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE: LOS ANGELES - 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 this morning.

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 today.

Police in Los Angeles are distributing DVDs featuring surveillance video of a man wanted for questioning in connection with a rash of suspicious car fires in the city.

A police spokeswoman says the person of interest is an older white male with a receding hairline and a shoulder-length ponytail. The man was seen on video Saturday after emerging on foot from inside an underground parking structure on Hollywood Boulevard that was the scene of a car fire.

The spokeswoman says investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying the man on the video.

The outbreak of arson fires has left a trail of smoldering debris in Hollywood, West Hollywood, North Hollywood and the Fairfax district of Los Angeles since Thursday.

Authorities say they're investigating a total of 43 suspicious fires. Most of them were set in parked cars. In several cases, flames have jumped to carports and apartment units.

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