When Harry Burkhart, the suspect in a string of serial arsons, appears in court this afternoon, he will be facing 100 counts related to 49 fires set during a four-day spree that left the Los Angeles area on edge.
Burkhart has now been accused by prosecutors in 49 of 51 blazes set earlier this month from Hollywood to Burbank in the largest arson spree in the area in decades, officials told the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police and fire investigators said the 24-year-old German national was motivated by his hatred of America after federal officials jailed his mother, who was facing deportation.
The fires Burkhart is believed to have set occurred mostly in the Hollywood area, but also on the Westside and in the San Fernando Valley, the Times reports. Many blazes were started in carports and driveways, and spread to apartment buildings and homes.
Los Angeles police told the Times they have physical evidence tying Burkhart to the arson spree, including fire-starting materials found inside his minivan when he was arrested.
Federal immigration officials told the Times they believed Burkhart was in the United States on a visa due to expire in two weeks. Dorothee Burkhart, Harry Burkhart's mother, told a federal judge earlier this month that her son is mentally ill, the Times reported.
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