LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A woman suspected of starting a series of rubbish, debris and vegetation fires in the Reseda area was charged today with four felony counts of arson of property of another.
Yoryett Salazar, 33, was arrested last Wednesday, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Salazar was arrested by investigators from the LAFD’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section, Prange said.
“During a 72-hour period, during the second week of September 2023, the … LAFD responded to 14 suspicious fires involving rubbish, debris, or vegetation in the Reseda area,” Prange said in a statement.
“Thankfully, none of these fires have caused injury and the property damage has been minimized by prompt calls to 9-1-1 and the rapid response of firefighters,” Prange said.
“Though a formal relationship between all 14 of these fires has yet to be determined, investigators from the LAFD Arson Counter-Terrorism Section have been working tirelessly to speak with witnesses and gather evidence, and the hard work has paid off,” Prange said. “They have now identified one person who was responsible for at least four of the fires.
“She admitted to four of the fires, which was confirmed by video footage from local businesses, and has been charged previously with various felonies and misdemeanors,” Prange said.
Salazar was expected to be arraigned Monday in Van Nuys, but it was not immediately clear if that hearing took place. She remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail, according to jail records.
The remaining fires remain under investigation, and anyone with information on the case was urged to call the LAFD Arson Tip Line at 213-893-9850 or email tips to LAFDArson@lacity.org.
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