A 32-year-old transient was arrested on charges of setting a string of car fires in downtown Los Angeles early Thursday, police said.
David Barton is being held on suspicion of arson after he was taken into custody by
The fires began about 2:45 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Hill street with the burning of a black sports car. Shortly after, a second car was set ablaze in the 900 block of South Hill. Those fires were followed by a third car fire in the 200 block of East 11th Street. Barton was detained about a block from the final fire. There were lighters in his backpack, said Capt. Don Graham. Barton allegedly smashed the car windows to set the fires, officials said.
Los Angeles firefighters were able to quickly knock down all three fires.
About two weeks before Barton was arrested for the car fires, he was arrested for vandalism in South Los Angeles.