December 18, 2014
A man suspected of starting a fire on a San Fernando Valley hillside has been charged with arson.
Catalino Pineda, a Guatemala native, was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on one count of arson. He was being held on $75,000 bail.
Police say witnesses spotted Pineda, 41, starting a fire in the West Hills area and then walking away. Witnesses contacted authorities and followed him to a nearby restaurant where police arrested him.
Pineda is currently on probation for making excessive false
emergency reports to law enforcement, police said.
If convicted of the arson count, he faces up to six years in
Pineda is among five people who have been arrested for arson since wildfires broke out across Southern California this week, but none has been linked to any of the major blazes.
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