PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica investigators are looking for a serial arsonist who they believe is responsible for more than a dozen fires since last June.
More than a dozen residents were forced out of their homes in the 200 block of Washington Avenue after a fire erupted in a carport of an apartment complex during President’s Day weekend. The apartment fire was the worst of the crime spree, police said. No one was injured but residents are still unable to get back into their apartments and have been forced to find lodging elsewhere.
Other fires have erupted over the last two weeks within a two-block radius around the apartment building. A trash bin, three vehicles and some shrubbery have been burned.
The suspicious fires have occurred on the following dates, locations and times:
• Feb. 12, 222 Washington Blvd., at 3:11 p.m. (carport fire).
• Feb. 13, 1048 Third St., 7 a.m. (trash bin).
• Feb. 13, 1032 Third St., 10:24 p.m. (vehicle).
• Feb. 14, 1032 Third Street, 5:20 a.m. (vehicle).
• Feb. 19, 1025 Second St., 12:45 p.m. (vegetation).
• Feb. 22, 1025 Second St., 11:52 a.m. (vegetation).
There are no suspects in custody. Those with any information regarding the person or people involved in these crimes or any other suspicious fires are urged to call SMPD Detective Heric at (310) 458-8410, Sgt. Jay Trisler at (310) 458-8471 or the watch commander 24 hours a day at (310) 458-8495.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip hotline at (800) 47-ARSON. Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling (800) 222-TIPS, texting from a mobile phone or by visiting their Web site at www.lacrimestoppers.org. Callers may remain anonymous and may be qualified to receive a $1,000 reward.