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Venice Beach Arsonist Arrested

The Los Angeles Fire Department’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section today arrested a suspect in connection with a recent series of arson fires in the Venice area and is seeking the public's help in locating an additional suspect in the crimes.

The fires occurred early Tuesday, January 25, 2022, on Ocean Front Walk near Westminster Avenue. Thanks to prompt reporting of the fires to 9-1-1, firefighters quickly extinguished the blazes before flames could cause injury or extend to any structure.

Police say the suspect, a homeless male, is alleged to be involved in a string of fires on the Boardwalk.

In canvassing the community in the hours that followed, plainclothes LAFD Investigators - working closely with Patrol Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Community Police Station, received helpful tips from neighbors, including surveillance video that allowed them to quickly apprehend a suspect and obtain imagery of his suspected accomplice.

Suspect Jonathan Michael Noriega, age 32, is currently in custody and expected to be charged with the crime of arson. His suspected accomplice remains at large.

"Protecting our community from the scourge of firesetting takes teamwork, and in this case, that teamwork paid off with the timely arrest of a suspected arsonist," said Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Roy Paige, Commander of the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section.

Anyone who knows the identity or location of the outstanding suspect (seen in a photo below) or who can tie these individuals to other crimes or fires should call the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 222-8477.

Name: Jonathan Michael Noriega
DOB: 01/01/1990
Last Known Residence: Norwalk, California Court Case: Will Be Presented to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Bail: TBD by DA’s Office
Charge: TBD by DA’s Office
Date and Time of Fire Incident: January 25, 2022 at 2:31 AM PST
LAFD Incident Number: 01252022-0117

Unknown Adult Male, Approximately 6'1" tall, Thin Build, Wearing a Dress-Like Cloth On His Legs

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