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: Teen Girl Attacked, Knocked Unconscious While Jogging In Culver City
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: LA City Council To Consider Requiring COVID Vaccinations For Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters, Concerts, Gyms
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: Tickets On Sale Thursday For Highly-Anticipated Opening Of New Academy Museum
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).