LOS ANGELES—A woman has been arrested in connection with a recent series of arson fires in the Reseda area involving rubbish, debris, or vegetation, authorities said on Sept. 21.
Yoryett Salazar, 33, was taken into custody on on Sept. 20 and booked on suspicion of arson, said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).
Ms. Salazar was arrested by investigators from the fire department’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section, Mr. Prange said.
“During a 72-hour period, during the second week of September 2023, the ... LAFD responded to fourteen suspicious fires involving rubbish, debris, or vegetation in the Reseda area,” Mr. 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,” Mr. Prange said.
“Though a formal relationship between all fourteen 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,” Mr. 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.
The remaining fires remain under investigation, and anyone with information on the case was urged to call the fire department’s Arson Tip Line at 213-893-9850 or email.