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Man arrested after rash of arson attacks in Los Angeles

Wave of attacks targeting cars and structures caused more than $2m in damages

Man arrested after rash of arson attacks in Los Angeles
Resident Erica Squivel cleans her apartment in the aftermath of an overnight fire started by a suspected serial arsonist on Dec 30, 2011 in Hollywood, California (AFP/Getty Images)
Man arrested after rash of arson attacks in Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Shervin Lalezary (L) talks to reporters after he is introduced as the officer who arrested a serial arson suspect (Getty Images)
Man arrested after rash of arson attacks in Los Angeles
Cars that were burned in a spree of arson fires lie in ruins (Getty Images)
Man arrested after rash of arson attacks in Los Angeles
Calls for help started shortly after midnight with reports of burning vehicles in carports below apartments filled with sleeping residents in Hollywood and West Hollywood (Getty Images)
Man arrested after rash of arson attacks in Los Angeles
Police arrested a man on Monday in connection with a wave of 53 arson fires targeting cars and structures (Getty Images)
Man arrested after rash of arson attacks in Los Angeles
The fires caused more than $2m in damages and left nerves in the second-largest US city badly frayed (AFP/Getty Images)
Man arrested after rash of arson attacks in Los Angeles
Police declined to identify the man but said he was taken into custody in Hollywood early Monday morning after a sheriff's deputy spotted him driving a van similar to one being sought in connection with the fires (Getty Images)
Man arrested after rash of arson attacks in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (C) speaks at a press conference after the arrest of a suspect for dozens of arson fires (Getty Images)
Man arrested after rash of arson attacks in Los Angeles
That person was described by police as a male with a light complexion wearing dark clothing and a ponytail (Getty Images)