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23-Year-Old Glendale Man Held on Suspicion of Arson

October 29, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson Tuesday after he set a small fire in brush-covered Eaton Canyon in the Angeles National Forest above Altadena, Los Angeles sheriff's deputies said.

It was not immediately clear whether Dikran Armouchian of Glendale was thought to be connected to any of the devastating fires in Southern California.

Deputy Ron Bottomley said hikers saw Armouchian set the fire about a half mile north of the Eaton Canyon Bridge about 10 a.m.

"The hikers called the Sheriff's Department, and he was still standing there by the fire when deputies got there," Bottomley said.

"He told them to stay away and not try to put it out," Bottomley

Bottomley said the deputies snuffed out the blaze and placed Armouchian under arrest. He was booked at the Crescenta Valley sheriff's station, where he was being held on $50,000 bail.

Deputies said Armouchian had been reported missing by his family in Glendale, but Glendale police said they had no record of the report.

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