On April 24 at approximately 1:49 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Ocean Park Boulevard regarding an arson call.
The suspect was described to officers via radio and a possible suspect was detained nearby with witnesses following him.
Officers reviewed video that showed the suspect carrying a full white trash bag. He set the bag down in close proximity to an apartment building and placed a gas tank inside the bag. Smoke started to emit from the bag as the suspect walked away.
A resident put the fire out with a fire extinguisher.
The suspect was positively identified by witnesses and video surveillance. Jose J. Antunes, 62, transient, had bail set at $50,500.