Suspect Arrested in LA Arsons

'We've got the right guy,' says LAPD chief
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2012 3:11 PM CST
Suspect Arrested in LA Arsons
A car owner tries to retrieve possessions from his vehicle as it burns due to arson early Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in a parking lot in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

The "person of interest" detained earlier today in Los Angeles' string of arsons has been arrested, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I feel very good that we've got the right guy," says LA Police Chief Charlie Beck. He "had the right stuff in his van, and we are very confident we found our man.'' Indeed, there have been no new fires since the suspect was detained. Police say that the suspect is a German who was embroiled in a fight with federal immigration authorities.

Meanwhile, sources tell the Times that they spotted the suspect in the back of a police cruiser, and a number of them flipped him the bird—a gesture he returned with an eerie smile. "It was creepy," says a music producer who witnessed the exchange. Click for more on the case. (Read more arson stories.)

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