Hollywood, CA: A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Deputy and Los Angeles Police Department Officers arrested 24 year old Harry Burkhart of Hollywood, California around 3am PT Monday morning following a traffic stop on Sunset Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue in West Hollywood, California.
Harry Burkhart is being held without bail and is due in court on Wednesday morning.
Harry Burkhart is so far facing 1 charge of arson but that number is expected to go up.
Harry Burkhart’s arrest was in part thanks to an alert Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Deputy.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Deputy Shervin Lalezary who volunteers his time to help protect his community and was out on his forth patrol when he pulled over Harry Burkhart’s minivan.
With a Los Angeles Police Department vehicle behind as back up, Lalezary began to question Burkhart.
As Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Deputy Shervin Lalezary was questioning Burkhart, Lalezary spotted some charcoal starters inside the minivan.
Arson investigators are saying that charcoal starters started many of these arson fires.
With the spotting of the charcoal starters and Burkhart looking like the man seen in the surveillance video, Lalezary placed Burkhart in police custody.
Harry Burkhart is a German national and was living with his mother in Hollywood, California.
A motive has not yet been determined, but early reports that Harry Burkhart had an apparent gripe against the United States.
Dorothee Burkhart is facing deportation back to her native country Germany.
Federal officials are saying Dorothee Burkhart is wanted in Germany on 19 counts of fraud.
Two more suspects were arrested; 22 year old Samuel Arrington and 55 year old Alejandro Pineda in connection with the arson fires spree.
During a Monday evening news conference, 3rd District Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky told reporters, “Our long, four-day nightmare is over.”
Many people thanking Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Deputy Shervin Lalezary in putting an end to this arson fire spree.
City and Council Officials thanking the joint task force and the public for calling in tips to help us search for who was starting these arson fires.
The joint task force was made up of both city and county fire and police department personnel, officials from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Arson investigators.
Last Sunday, Los Angeles Police Department released a surveillance video shows a man wearing all black leaving the scene of a car fire last Saturday night inside a parking structure at the Hollywood and Highland complex in Hollywood, California.
Law enforcement officials are saying that the man was caught on surveillance cameras at several scenes where fires have been lit since last Friday.
Over 50 arson fires in 4 days were set across the Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the San Fernando Valley areas which includes 12 new fires that broke out early Monday morning.
There was 1 injury the occurred during the arson fire spree; a firefighter battling that arson fires was injured.
Early property damage cost may hit over $3 million.