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  • LA Homeless man sets fire to PD equipment

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless man was charged Thursday with
    setting fire to more than a dozen patrol cars and motorcycles in a
    Police Department garage, a blaze that forced a jail evacuation and
    injured three police officers.
    The three officers suffered smoke inhalation, said Deputy
    District Attorney William Ryder. Fifty-one inmates housed in a jail
    about the garage at the Van Nuys police station had to be evacuated
    when the fire broke out Wednesday afternoon.
    Police said Richard Cross, 43, used road flares to set the fire
    in the garage of the San Fernando Valley police station.
    Authorities said it burned seven patrol cars, six motorcycles and
    other police equipment, causing more than $1 million in damage.
    Cross, who was jailed on $1.27 million bail, was expected to be
    arraigned Friday.
    Authorities said Cross arrived at the police station seeking
    treatment for a cut on his hand that he was believed to have
    suffered smashing a window at a nearby courthouse. After refusing
    treatment for the injury, he went into the garage and started the
    fire, police said.
    Cross faces three felony charges of arson, including arson of an
    inhabited structure and another's property and setting fire
    recklessly to an inhabited structure.

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