Police holding “person of interest” in string of Hollywood car arsons; Update: “Evidence and materials” found in suspect’s van, says PD

posted at 10:05 am on January 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

While most of us celebrated the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, people living in the Hollywood, CA area spent the weekend standing guard over their cars, thanks to an arsonist who may have more than 50 fires aimed at cars and carports, starting Friday. Police and firefighters flooded the streets in an attempt to catch the arsonist(s) and get to fires quickly, but it may have been a surveillance camera that cracked the case. Police announced that they have a “person of interest” in custody that matched the description of a shadowy figure from a grainy surveillance recording near one of the fires:

The individual, believed to be the man seen in a video police released Sunday in connection with the case, was detained near Sunset Boulevard this morning, according to an LAPD source familiar with the investigation.

However, in a statement, a Los Angeles fire official said that “it is too early to speculate if this person is responsible for the spree of arson fires.” …

The detention follows an early-morning frenzy of arson fires across the Hollywood area on Monday. Eleven fires were reported in two hours, beginning at 1:30 a.m., most to cars and carports in apartment complexes, police and fire officials said.

It was unclear early Monday if the fires were connected to a string of arsons in the Hollywood area.

Officials said Sunday that they have linked at least 39 fires to those arsons, which began Friday morning.

Hopefully they have the right person in custody, although we won’t know that until either (a) the police announce that they have a confession and/or evidence conclusively linking him to the fires, or (b) the arsons mysteriously stop overnight. Before this suspect got arrested, almost a dozen more fires were set in the Hollywood area.

Why cars and carports? California has a well-earned reputation for having a love affair with automobiles, but that’s out of necessity, especially in a sprawling metropolis like the greater Los Angeles area. The decentralization requires personal transportation, but there is certainly a level of hostility to that fact of life. The targeting seems purposeful and rational — exposed cars in carports and not in attached garages, where fires could spread and have a greater risk of killing people — which implies that the motive could be something more rational than your average firebug impulse.

Update: The LAPD says that they discovered “evidence and materials” in the suspect’s minivan that leads them to believe he’s at least involved:

Los Angeles Police Department detectives found materials that could have been used to set fires inside the minivan of a “person of interest” detained for questioning in the recent string of L.A. arson fires, law enforcement sources told The Times.

The sources did not reveal details but said detectives confiscated “evidence and materials” that suggest the individual had the ability to ignite some or all of the blazes.

Little is known about the man. Sources said the the minivan had Canadian license plates but that detectives believe the man might originally be from Germany.

Let’s hope they have the right man and that the fires have stopped for good, but it’s better not to assume so.  Residents in the area apparently still plan on keeping watch, which is also a good idea.


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probably an OWSer.The MSM will blame it on that “damned tea party”.

jeffinsjvca on January 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

O/T……..

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rick Santorum says that if he’s elected president, he would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities unless they were opened for international arms inspectors.

Santorum says President Barack Obama hasn’t done enough to prevent the Iranian government from building a nuclear weapon and has risked turning the U.S. into a “paper tiger.”

Long haired country boy on January 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Sean Penn?

Rational Thought on January 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Obviously a teabagger influenced by the violent rhetoric of Glen Beck and Sarah Palin./

vcferlita on January 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

probably an OWSer.The MSM will blame it on that “damned tea party”.

jeffinsjvca on January 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

They’re feverishly searching Sarah Palin’s Facebook page for the word “spark” “fire” “ignite” “burned” etc etc

Go RBNY on January 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM

If it is him,.. the first indication would be the “pull my finger” sloppy grin. Why do all the raging sociopaths have that same smirk?

He’s loving the attention..

Wish that alone could be a criminal offense. The Arizona shooter had the same round face, same crazy smirk.. this guy will probably have a personal agenda too, even if it’s not political, he puts it ahead of everything else.

mark81150 on January 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

So, Ed, just to be clear: you suspect enviro-terror?

ernesto on January 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Was he yellin “aloha ackbar”?

BigAlSouth on January 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I don’t know what it is about Hollywood, but arsonists are always drawn to it and Detroit, too.

Blake on January 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Oh, remember the “suspect” in the Atlanta Olympics bombing. Goofy doesn’t mean guilty.

Marcus on January 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Look at that smug fool,he did it.

msupertas on January 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Attention whore.

Charlie Sheen?

oldleprechaun on January 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

If he turns out to be the arsonist, it makes one wonder if he was a “OWS protester”! You know, going after people who have WORKED for the things they have. You know, the “new crowd” of you-work-to-buy-ME-a-car-not-buy-yourself-a-car mentality! (The U.S. owes Joe McCarthy an apology!)

DixT on January 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Ed sounds like he’s almost endorsing the arsonist’s actions. The average LA commute is not materially worse than the average NYC commute, despite NYC’s much ballyhooed subway and bus system. Cars aren’t horrible things. (Ad truthfully, if Cali would build more highways and less high speed rail lines, some of LA’s traffic nightmare would be alleviated).

Outlander on January 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

A man with a ponytail and a receding hairline. Yep. That describes most “teabaggers”…NOT.

Prediction: this episode will spawn a new word. Occupyromaniac.

Doug Piranha on January 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Smells like ELF.

Fletch54 on January 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Watch this goof dub himself the “Son of Suburu” or something equally dopey.

pilamaye on January 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Before I read anything can I say that that is the weirdest picture ever, you couldn’t make that guy any creepier looking.

Cindy Munford on January 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Wow – Charles Johnson’s really let himself go these days.

CorporatePiggy on January 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

those Californians were just bitterly clingin’ to their Bentleys and Benzes. He was just merely making his end of year sacrifices to Gaia./

ted c on January 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Wow – Charles Johnson’s really let himself go these days.

CorporatePiggy on January 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

That’s it! You’re banned forever from LGF and you’re a racist and a dullard.

/

M240H on January 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

oh yeah, he’s a dungeon and dragons wizard or a green peace drone who decided he would make things right..

RAGIN CAJUN on January 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

The targeting seems purposeful and rational — exposed cars in carports and not in attached garages, where fires could spread and have a greater risk of killing people — which implies that the motive could be something more rational than your average firebug impulse.

Perhaps one of those green terrorist groups known for destroying property in the past.

NotCoach on January 2, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I don’t know, anymore these crazy people seem to grasp at straws when making statements about their personal social injustice. Not that anything could justify these acts but it will be interesting to hear the connection. Maybe there will be a manifesto, those are always fun. Thank goodness no one got hurt.

Cindy Munford on January 2, 2012 at 10:32 AM

So, Ed, just to be clear: you suspect enviro-terror?

ernesto on January 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I suspect a rational motive and some sort of grudge involving automobiles, which is pretty reasonable considering the pattern involved. Enviro-terrorists usually target dealerships, though, not individual owners.

Ed Morrissey on January 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Clearly Obama and the Dems have caused this by their class warfare and support and encouragement of OWS and its’ hate-filled rhetoric. Clearly the arsonist was inflamed by the violent revolutionary rhetoric.

/s

obladioblada on January 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Obama voter or Ron Paul supporter.

Just a guess…I could be wrong.

Mimzey on January 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Mord on January 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Poor boy. Probably just trying to express his undying love for Lindsey Lohan… and leave Britney alone!

/

M240H on January 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Waaait a minute!…is that Chris Christie’s kid??

I denounce myself.

Mimzey on January 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Obama voter or Ron Paul supporter.

Just a guess…I could be wrong.

Mimzey on January 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Well, there certainly can’t be that many conservatives in Hollywood … so the odds are this guy is a “liberal”.

darwin on January 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM

darwin on January 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Now now, let’s don’t go jumping to conclusions, what if the press announced that all the cars had Obama/Biden 2008 stickers on them. I’m sure this guy will be sufficiently nuts to satisfy everyone.

Cindy Munford on January 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Well I don’t know if Ed suspects an “environmentalist” but I sure do.
That these are attacks on that awful, fossil fuel burning AUTOMOBILE (with attendant carport, garage and house fires that sometimes follow) seems to be to be indicative of someone who’s love affair with Mother Gaia has gone round the bend.

And since I don’t live in the area, I don’t know how close (in distance traveled by………….an automobile, in all probability) these fires have been to one another but suspect that there is more than one person responsible for the fires – which, iirc, badly damaged at least one firefighter and destroyed several homes. That the fires have been reported to have been started with the same sort of accelerent/device could mean one person, or it could mean more than one person acting in concert with others.

And if its more than one person, to my mind that is an attempt at a political statement; sort of like those environuts who use to hammer steel spikes into trees to stop loggers from doing their jobs a few years back.

But envirowhacko or not, I fear the “copycat” types as well. I’d be surprised as hell if the fires stopped while this “person of interest” is being held/watched by the Police.

realwest on January 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM

More than fifty fires, and we’re told they have the guy. OK, does anyone think one guy set them all? I bet more than a few were owners of the cars who wanted the insurance money and a new car. Copy cats in other words. Some were probably jealous ex wives, girlfriends, husbands, or boyfriends who wanted revenge. In other circumstances, they would have been obvious suspects, but just one more fire among dozens?

Snake307 on January 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

The crazy eyes and pony tail screams ” I’m a liberal” not only that it’s California. He’s probability mad about King Putt’s poll numbers!

angrymike on January 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

maybe he is just a nut.

rob verdi on January 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

He is an environmentalist so his burning other peoples cars was done with good intentions. Obviously burning all those cars produces no pollution it is the CO2 that must be stopped. If those TEABAGGERS would drive more fuel efficient cars and stop using fossil fuels this never would have happened. It is obviously the bad intentions of the TEABAGGERS that drove this peaceful environmentalist to such extreme positions because we know environmentalists are not extreme because the media share the position that individual transportation is evil it is only collective transportation that is good. /s

Grunt on January 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Ed…..your conclusion these fires may have a rational motive is completely irrational! Do you think these acts could really be those of a sane person? Close to 50 fires since Friday! Come on Ed, you need some rest….take a few days off!

tomshup on January 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

The targeting seems purposeful and rational — exposed cars in carports and not in attached garages, where fires could spread and have a greater risk of killing people — which implies that the motive could be something more rational than your average firebug impulse.

It’s like trying to figure out motives for specifics of other similarly ‘unwell’ human beings as to their harmful behaviors. Arsonists are really, really disturbed people but then, so are others of similar deranged behaviors against themselves and/or others.

I heard earlier on some news somewhere that the suspect (mentioned in this post of yours) was driving a car registered in CANADA?! So now he’s a transient arsonist? Maybe that’s why he’s targeting cars as his gateway to his goals.

Lourdes on January 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

maybe he is just a nut.

rob verdi on January 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

THERE ya’ go, right answer.

Lourdes on January 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM

So, Ed, just to be clear: you suspect enviro-terror?

ernesto on January 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

No. He means progressive-terror. Each night there were more fires than the night before.

Yoop on January 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Obama voter or Ron Paul supporter.

Just a guess…I could be wrong.

Mimzey on January 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Well, there certainly can’t be that many conservatives in Hollywood … so the odds are this guy is a “liberal”.

darwin on January 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I didn’t hear yet that where he was from was identified (as to this now-arrested suspect). Only that he was driving a car “registered” in Canada or something to that effect about his car being from Canada or him licensed to drive there or something referencing Canada and this suspect.

Though anyone can drive a car registered or from Canada, doesn’t mean they’re actually from there, I realize.

Anyway, there’s been no news yet that I’ve heard as to where the suspect is from, so he could be from just about anywhere and only IN the L.A. area for his troubled-purposes.

Lourdes on January 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Too many fires too fast. This has be be a group thing. This guy may be a part of it, but I don’t believe he is acting alone.

rightoption on January 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Wait a minute !!!!!!

It’s not Alec Baldwin ???????

(I forgot…he moved out of Hollywood USA… 2 times after GW was elected)

KOOLAID2 on January 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM

That’s one way to remove an Obama bumper sticker.

racquetballer on January 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM

So, Ed, just to be clear: you suspect enviro-terror?

ernesto on January 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I suspect a rational motive and some sort of grudge involving automobiles, which is pretty reasonable considering the pattern involved. Enviro-terrorists usually target dealerships, though, not individual owners.

Ed Morrissey on January 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Since many of the cars targeted have been parked under structures (in parking spaces that are beneath infrastructure), it just might be that the use of cars in this case is as incendiary devices.

The old “fuse” device method…

Lourdes on January 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Yoop
Hehe funny stuff!

angrymike on January 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I dunno, maybe I should give my degree back but to me stating rational is akin to stating sensible. The word associated with this sort of anarchy just doesn’t feel right. There’s nothing rational or sensible about randomly torching other people’s private property.

pc on January 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

And that searsucker they have in custody gives no outward appearance of rational or sensible behavior. He looks half nuts.

pc on January 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

guilty.

Scoreboard44 on January 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Two questions:

1. Are we sure this wasn’t just all of the Chevy Volts sold in LA County?

2. Why, in 2011/12 is surveillance video still grainy?

BKeyser on January 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The targeting seems purposeful and rational — exposed cars in carports and not in attached garages, where fires could spread and have a greater risk of killing people…

Now Ed you once lived in Socal, but maybe you’ve forgotten… The high density area of West Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Fernando valley, where these fires have taken place have carports where cars are parked underneath apartment space above. In fact, the targets have been cars in carports where fires have spread to the apartments above. We have been fortunate there has not been any loss of life, but if this continues its only a matter of time when tragedy will strike.

jbh45 on January 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

2. Why, in 2011/12 is surveillance video still grainy?

BKeyser on January 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Because it’s outside at night. Low light, even with fast film, produces grainy results (fast film is itself grainy), and it’s even worse in digital video, where you can’t use different film media. If they used more light-sensitive video, any passing car would wash out the rest of the image (and so would the fires, for that matter).

jbh45 on January 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Good point.

Ed Morrissey on January 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

It is too paranoid to wonder why these fires started at exactly the same time as the recent 800-strong attack to take back Zucotti? Is this the new phase of the movement?

I agree–the pony tail indicates he goes left, IMHO.

PattyJ on January 2, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Jeez, he looks quite happy with his 15 minutes of fame in that lede photo. Scary!

Bob in VA on January 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM

2. Why, in 2011/12 is surveillance video still grainy?

BKeyser on January 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The “surveillance video” the media has been shopping was taken by a bystander’s cellphone.

You get the camera you pay for.

unclesmrgol on January 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Last year it was France that had arsonists burning cars this year its in L.A. Wouldn’t be surprised if its by a similar group.

aknews on January 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Practicing for the real thing next Nov. Did they find this guy in a tent, squatting on public property?

Kissmygrits on January 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

give it 48hrs…………

I am thinking the “targets” had something to do with bumper stickers………

RealMc on January 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM

aknews on January 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I’ve seen that connection being made somewhere else, maybe The Blaze. We really should just wait and see.

Cindy Munford on January 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Ed sounds like he’s almost endorsing the arsonist’s actions. The average LA commute is not materially worse than the average NYC commute, despite NYC’s much ballyhooed subway and bus system. Cars aren’t horrible things. (Ad truthfully, if Cali would build more highways and less high speed rail lines, some of LA’s traffic nightmare would be alleviated).

Outlander on January 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

True. In fact the average NYC commute is longer than the average LA commute.

http://www.publicpurpose.com/ut-jtw2000msatime.htm

NYC: 34.0 Minutes
LA: 29.1 minutes

Dreadnought on January 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Smells like ELF.

Fletch54 on January 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

BINGO!

SouthernGent on January 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

“Ponytail and receding hairline.”

His attorney will get him out in no time. This is a clear case of OWS profiling.

logis on January 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

AKnews
french resistance maybe?

angrymike on January 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Setting cars on fire has been a staple of France for quite some time. So Hollywood has reached another apex in their desire to be like France/Europe.

Charm on January 2, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Warmism, OWS likely influence.
Cars/wealth as evil that must be destroyed.

Vid indicates he is in police custody,
“meanwhile” a string of new fires.
obvious question promptly ignored,
Wrong guy, or the more interesting
more than one burner?
Potential organized protest/scheme?

Manifesto, forum posts at DU/Huffpo/FDL/reddit
and some drooling YouTubeZ please?

Folks out there, be careful!

PaleoRider on January 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The targeting seems purposeful and rational — exposed cars in carports and not in attached garages, where fires could spread and have a greater risk of killing people — which implies that the motive could be something more rational than your average firebug impulse.

I think you’re giving the guy too much credit. I doesn’t seem to me that the perp was so interested in sparing lives, as much as it is just easier to get at exposed cars, rather than cars in garages where the door is probably going to be locked.

Because, as someone said earlier, if you light a car on fire, there’s a good chance it will spread, no matter where it’s parked.

Dreadnought on January 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Ed Morrissey on January 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Okay, in this instance I can see that. But isn’t surveillance video (closed circuit, looped tape, etc) of pretty crappy quality in general? The included cam in my laptop takes a better picture.

unclesmrgol on January 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

If that’s the case, they surely mislabeled it when the called it “surveillance”.

BKeyser on January 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

exposed cars in carports and not in attached garages,

exposed cars are more easily targeted, only takes seconds. Garages require entry, or breaking a window (noise). Garages take time to investigate. The exposed cars is a simple unobstructed target, it was never about reducing risk to people.

If Obama keeps feeding class envy and resentment, this is only going to get worse.

Was there a common neighborhood demographic?

Skandia Recluse on January 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I’m not sure how setting a fire in a carport which is directly under a residence is less destructive or dangerous than setting a garage or a car in a garage on fire.

Blake on January 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I live in West Hollywood, five of these fires were within 3 blocks of my house and one was within one block. I really doubt there is any political component to this, the guy is very likely just one more nutjob. Hollywood is both strange and wonderful, some days more of one than the other.

Kaisersoze on January 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I think you’re giving the guy too much credit. I doesn’t seem to me that the perp was so interested in sparing lives, as much as it is just easier to get at exposed cars, rather than cars in garages where the door is probably going to be locked.

Exactly. He was hitting soft targets, the apartment buildings with exposed car ports where he could set a fire under a car that would spread to the building but was easily accessible from the street. He wasn’t doing anything that required him to be at the scene more than a minute or two, which is why it took a while to catch him.

Kaisersoze on January 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

They just said on a local radio station that this guy was “upset his mother was being deported”.

Now that the danger has passed, let the Aunt Zetuni Obama jokes begin!

Kaisersoze on January 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Waaait a minute!…is that Chris Christie’s kid??

I denounce myself.

Mimzey on January 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

If his hair was a little longer…..
That is a little scary!

KOOLAID2 on January 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Ed Morrissey on January 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

You’re correct in your explanation to

BKeyser on January 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

however, another explanation for poor video surveillance imagery is that, while the technology has improved rapidly in the recent past, facility owners are generally reluctant to upgrade to cutting edge technology because of cost.

El Salsero on January 2, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Now now, let’s don’t go jumping to conclusions, what if the press announced that all the cars had Obama/Biden 2008 stickers on them. I’m sure this guy will be sufficiently nuts to satisfy everyone.

Cindy Munford on January 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

lol…see…I like how you think!

KOOLAID2 on January 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

God bless the responders, this could have been a lot worse. Hopefully they have the right guy.

scalleywag on January 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Doug Piranha on January 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Nice!

RedLizard64 on January 2, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I’ll bet dollars to donuts that this sick twisted ba$tard is a far-left Earth First enviro-terrorist. His minivan was probably a hybrid (it’s the reason for his oh-so-superior smug grin) and he was probably wearing a filthy tie-dyed tshirt aka HIPPIE CAMO(tm)

CatchAll on January 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM

One less Democrat that will be able to vote in November?

DL13 on January 2, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I’ll just call him/it crazy before further evidence is given.

Hard Right on January 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

DL13. You think a little thing like this can stop a Democrat from voting? Not even being dead and buried stops Democrats from voting.

Doug Piranha on January 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Because it’s outside at night. Low light, even with fast film, produces grainy results (fast film is itself grainy), and it’s even worse in digital video, where you can’t use different film media. If they used more light-sensitive video, any passing car would wash out the rest of the image (and so would the fires, for that matter).

???

This is not a sufficient response to the question. I won’t say you’re wrong because I’m guessing you were just a little clumsy with the details. Here’s a bit of advice NEVER ever ever mention film again in relation to digital video. Really, have you ever heard of surveillance footage needing to be processed/printed from film?

You are correct that lighting is the critical factor affecting every image seen or shot through a lens, your eyes included. The image produced is a direct result of a light passing through a lens and how much detail the resulting image will have. However that does not mean all surveillance footage must be crappy.

A larger sensor on ANY imaging device will produce better footage. Problem is surveillance cameras are mounted outside, exposed to the elements and theft. Many people are just unwilling to pay for a good rig, housing and upkeep of such expensive units.

Capitalist Hog on January 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

(Ad truthfully, if Cali would build more highways and less high speed rail lines, some of LA’s traffic nightmare would be alleviated).

Outlander on January 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

The problem with building more highways is that to build them, you must take peoples houses, destroy them, and then build the highway over the destroyed area. We’ve run out of ghetto people to disposess, so it’s now a NIMBY kind of thing. Do you want to run the risk of the highway taking YOUR house, or deal with the half-hour commute?

unclesmrgol on January 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Well, he’s got the Psycho Smile down, anyway…

mojo on January 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

however, another explanation for poor video surveillance imagery is that, while the technology has improved rapidly in the recent past, facility owners are generally reluctant to upgrade to cutting edge technology because of cost.

El Salsero on January 2, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Well said. Now I remember why I pay writers.

Capitalist Hog on January 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

(Ad truthfully, if Cali would build more highways and less high speed rail lines, some of LA’s traffic nightmare would be alleviated).

Outlander on January 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

ridiculous

half-hour commute?

non-existent unless you live within miles of work

Capitalist Hog on January 2, 2012 at 2:23 PM

non-existent unless you live within miles of work

Capitalist Hog on January 2, 2012 at 2:23 PM

30 minutes south, 15-20 minutes north — 9 out of every 14 days (we work 9/80); home is on the Westside, work in the South Bay.

unclesmrgol on January 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Well, he’s got the Psycho Smile down, anyway…

mojo on January 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

That’s what she said =(

Ugly on January 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

He looks like Pee Wee Herman’s bike thief friend.

hawkdriver on January 2, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Was he yellin “aloha ackbar”?

BigAlSouth on January 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

No….you’re thinking of the Hawaiian contingent of the rebel attack on Endor.

TwoShortPlanks on January 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

LA sheriff just plain got lucky. The fools were going to keep those videos to themselves. Getting nowhere. And it was an unaffiliated INS Fed. who made the ID from TV. But am listening to KFI where slick Tony V. is running his face about how great LA and their PD and FD are. KFI cut the presser after about 10 min. None too soon. Prior to that, the sheriff released the MO That always works well.

A 24 year old German who was PO’d ’cause his Mommy was to be deported.

Caststeel on January 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM

(The U.S. owes Joe McCarthy an apology!)

DixT on January 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

And has for several decades. People don’t look at me as oddly when I say it these days…..

DrScottMD on January 3, 2012 at 6:13 AM