LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Two law enforcement officials were honored Thursday for providing the critical tip leading to the arrest of the Hollywood arson suspect.

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa honored US Marshal Louis Flores and US State Department Official Jonathan Lamb in a ceremony Thursday.

Each received a plaque expressing the city’s gratitude.

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Both men were involved with the deportation case of arson suspect Harry Burkhart’s mother Dorothy.

The two men where in court and witnessed the 24-year-old man’s profanity laced outburst during his mother’s hearing.

Lamb and Flores later referenced the tirade when they identified Burkhart in surveillance video.

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Investigators believe it was Burkhart’s rage about his mother’s case that triggered the arson spree.