Man Arrested in Connection With La Verne Arson Fires - NBC Southern California

Man Arrested in Connection With La Verne Arson Fires

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    Arson Arrest in La Verne

    A man was arrested in connection with seven arson fires in La Verne, police said Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (Published Monday, Aug. 8, 2016)

    A man was arrested Sunday in connection to seven arson fires at La Verne businesses, police said.

    Alan Cheng, a 19-year-old transient from Pomona, was booked on multiple counts of arson and vandalism by La Verne police. 

    Someone recognized Cheng as the person described by police accused in the arson fires.

    When police arrived at Mr. D's Diner on Foothill Boulevard, they found Cheng still wearing the same clothes from the surveillance footage. He was also positively identified by someone who witnessed the crimes, police said.

    La Verne Arsonist Sought

    [LA] La Verne Arsonist Sought
    La Verne police were seeking a man caught on camera vandalizing and setting fires at seven businesses in the span of an hour. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2016.
    (Published Friday, Aug. 5, 2016)

    Cheng was caught on surveillance video setting a grease container on fire at the back of a La Verne restaurant on Tuesday, after which he went inside and ordered a steak.

    The diner was one of the seven locations in the area that he targeted in the span of an hour, according to police.

    Cheng was also caught on camera smashing statues and windows at Outdoor Elegance, an outdoor furniture business.

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