By Libor Jany
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles police arrested a woman on Friday who they say started a fire outside a South LA police station the night before, charring furniture, photographs and the lobby ceiling.
The woman was arrested around 3 and booked on suspicion of arson after surveillance footage tied her to the fire at the Southwest Division station on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Letisia Ruiz. Patrol officers spotted the woman, Mishauna Eaton, 30, about four blocks west of the police station, Ruiz said.
Eaton is being held on $250,000 bond, the department said.
Ruiz said Eaton was seen on video approaching the station while pushing a shopping cart. Police would not say what led them to believe the fire was set intentionally and did not reveal a possible motive.
In a tweet, the LAPD posted photos of the damage to the front of the building and announced that the lobby would be closed to the public indefinitely.
Due to an arson set last night, the Southwest front lobby will be closed indefinitely. Community members who would like to meet with a personal officer or detective can visit any local station. We encourage people to use online reporting at LAPD@online. pic.twitter.com/FbmGJwjlaV
— LAPD Southwest (@LAPD_Southwest) 7 April 2023
A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said firefighters were dispatched around 11:22 p.m. Thursday to what initial reports deemed a “trash fire.” Within half an hour of the call, the fire was out. Arson investigators were later called to the scene, the spokesman said.
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