• Man Accused of San Gabriel Valley Fires Charged Today


    ALHAMBRA (CNS) – A man accused of setting or trying to set a series of fires in Pasadena, South Pasadena and Los Angeles was charged today with 18 felony counts.

    Javier Adolfo Viera, 35, was ordered to remain jailed while awaiting arraignment May 6 in Alhambra Superior Court on 10 counts of arson of a structure or forest, six counts of arson of property of another and two counts of attempting or aiding in an attempt to burn a structure, forest or property.

    Viera is suspected in 21 arson/attempted arson incidents in South Pasadena, four in Pasadena and one in Los Angeles since mid-November. The incidents started as small vegetation fires and escalated to blazes set under or involving parked vehicles, and one involving the exterior door to a business, authorities said.

    A break in the case came when fingerprints were recovered from an incendiary device that did not burn completely, police said.

    Viera was under surveillance by detectives when he was arrested Sunday in connection with a car fire in Los Angeles, police said.

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