On November 2, 2021, at about 9:21 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers responded to a report of an abandoned dishwasher on fire on the alley side of a building in the 400 block of California Avenue (Alley 4). The subject who set the fire was still on scene. Officers made contact with a witness who was still in the area and able to positively identify the subject as the arsonist. The dishwasher had burned pieces of paper and other trash stuffed inside. 

The subject, later identified as 24-year-old Joseph Jordon Zarzycki, as arrested for 451(D) PC – Felony Arson: Property, and booked into the Santa Monica Jail. He was later released with a citation per the LA County emergency bail modification. 

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident or individual is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Chabot with the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-6679 or the Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

Submitted by SMPD