A 22-year-old drifter pleaded not guilty Tuesday at his Glendale Municipal Court arraignment on charges that he set the March 27 blaze that swept through a Glendale apartment, injuring 10 people and leaving more than 150 others homeless.
Anthony Martin Kingsley, who also uses the name Tony Wilson, was arrested Friday and charged with arson in the early morning fire in the 200 block of South Kenwood Street. He was also charged with grand theft when police found him in possession of a gun that they say was one of several stolen in an incident earlier this year.
Investigators have not charged Kingsley with any other recent arsons, but fire officials say they have questioned him as a possible suspect in the Jan. 19 fire that destroyed the historic Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado St., and the May 11 fire in a vacant three-story apartment building at 726 S. Central Ave.
"He was present in the crowd watching the fire at the Elks, and he was near the apartment fire," said John Orr, fire investigator.