Downtown Los Angeles: On July 8, 2023, at around 8:00 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes Division Detectives and Los Angeles Fire Department’s Arson Investigators responded to an arson incident at Los Angeles City Hall. The suspect broke a second-floor window and set fire to an interior office at the Los Angeles City Hall, located at 1st Street and Main Street. The fire was immediately contained, and no injuries were sustained during the incident.
Los Angeles Fire Department Arson Investigators confirmed an accelerant was used to commit the arson. At this point, there is no indication that this arson is related to any other arson or crime series.
On July 9, 2023, at around 6:15 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Security Services Division patrol officers arrested the arson suspect in the Downtown Los Angeles Area without incident. The suspect was booked for 451 (b) PC – Arson, and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes Division is handling the investigation.
Suspect: Tercero-Maradiaga, Carlos DOB: 06/03/1987
Anyone with additional information on this crime is urged to call Major Crimes Detectives at (213) 486-6270. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.