A man suspected of splattering at least 300 cars and five people with a caustic liquid since April was arrested Wednesday after he was spotted spraying two cars in a Valencia parking lot, police said.
Los Angeles Police suspect that Thomas L. Larsen, 37, a deliveryman from Los Angeles, is the so-called "acid sprayer" who has vandalized cars, most of them newer models, across the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Simi valleys and as far away as Orange County, Lt. Rick Violano said.
The five people splashed by the liquid, including a 9-year-old Canoga Park girl, suffered only minor injuries and were not hospitalized, he said.
Members of the undercover police task force known as the Cobra Corps arrested Larsen on suspicion of assault with a caustic chemical about 10:45 a.m. after he left the Granary Shopping Center in Valencia, where was seen squirting two cars from a spray bottle, and pulled his van to the side of the road, Sgt. Paul Mattson said.