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December 22, 2014: Transient Charged with Setting Cars On Fire

Jane Robison, Assistant Media Chief
(213) 257-2000

A transient was charged today with setting fire to four cars in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

David Charles Barton (dob 3/30/82) is scheduled to be arraigned after 1:30 p.m. at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Department 30. He is charged in case BA432309 with four counts of arson of another’s property. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $200,000.

Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney with the Arson Unit is prosecuting the case.

Barton was arrested Dec. 18 by LAPD officers. Two of the car fires were at 11th Street and Olive Avenue. One vehicle was set on fire at 1025 S. Hill St. and one was set on fire at Santee Street and Olympic Boulevard.

If convicted, Barton faces more than three years in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles City Fire Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.