ARCADIA (CBSLA.com) — Police in Arcadia nabbed a suspected arsonist just before he was allegedly going to set a large tree on fire.
Authorities said around 7:30 Saturday, police responded to a suspicious person call on the property of the US Forestry Headquarters.READ MORE: LA's Small Businesses Can Apply For $5,000 Comeback Checks Grant Program Starting Today
Officers contacted a subject who had matches in his pocket and had gathered kindling, twigs, and sticks and stacked them underneath a tree to set a fire.
Officers arrested the man for attempted arson and identified the suspect as 59-year old Ronald Watson of Sierra Madre.READ MORE: Authorities Investigating Murder On Alix Avenue In Unincorporated LA
Authorities said Watson is on parole for another arson.
Watson was booked at the Arcadia Police Department jail and is currently being held in custody at L.A. County jail without bail.MORE NEWS: Tournament Of Roses To Name 2022 Rose Queen
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5151. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you’re asked to call “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).