Officials this evening identified a man arrested after a series of 52 blazes in the Los Angeles area as Harry Burkhart, 24.Please bookmark!
Burkhart was charged this afternoon with one count of arson of an inhabited dwelling, with more charges expected as the investigation proceeds, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told reporters. Burkhart was being held without bail.
"These were serious and potentially deadly crimes that needlessly endangered thousands of innocent lives," Villaraigosa said. "These crimes will not be tolerated."
According to ABC News sources directly involved in the case, the "prime suspect" under arrest told authorities upon his detention, "I hate America."
That suspect, at the time not publicly identified, was believed to be a German national who may have been motivated by a deportation hearing against his mother that took place in Los Angeles County about a week and a half ago, the sources told ABC News exclusively.
The State Department gave the information to the intelligence and operational task forces involved in the manhunt, according to the sources.
The man being held, identified by police as a "person of interest," is now considered a "prime suspect," the sources said.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Harry Burkhart Identified as LA Arson Suspect
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