LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Two law enforcement officials were honored Thursday for providing the critical tip leading to the arrest of the Hollywood arson suspect.READ MORE: Kat Von D Closing West Hollywood Tattoo Shop, Moving To Indiana
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.READ MORE: Los Angeles Receives $224 Million Loan From EPA For Water Recycling Project
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.MORE NEWS: LADWP Extends Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs
Investigators believe it was Burkhart’s rage about his mother’s case that triggered the arson spree.