Suspect arrested for arson in Santa Monica: Police

SANTA MONICA, CA – Santa Monica police allege arresting a man in connection with multiple arson attacks in the downtown area.

Police said officials were called on Sunday morning to investigate multiple fires involving dumpsters and trash cans. A witness to the fires gave officers a description of the suspect.

According to a press release, police found Jonathan Powell, 28, who has no permanent address, around 3:45 a.m. Powell ran away from officers but was soon arrested at Block 400 of Arizona, police said.

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According to a press release, officers found several lighters in Powell’s pocket. He was arrested for arson and delayed arrest.

According to a press release, police believe Powell is linked to at least six arson attacks.

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The Santa Monica Police Department requests anyone with additional information about the fires to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at (310) 458-8451 or the 24-hour watch commander at (310) 458-8426.

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Suspect arrested for arson in Santa Monica: Police

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