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Police Chase Down Suspected Arsonist

Witness says man set rugs on fire at Livermore High School before fleeing from police.

Police on Tuesday chased down and arrested a man after he was seen setting a small fire at , Sgt. John Hurd said.

At 4:17 p.m. a school resource officer reported putting out a small fire on campus and that a possible suspect took off running — prompting a two-block pursuit.

The 18-year-old man was chased down by police in downtown Livermore at the intersection of McLeod and First streets, across from the . He was detained without incident, Hurd said.

During the pursuit, a police patrol car was involved in a traffic collision with a passing vehicle at Second and McLeod streets. Both vehicles suffered very minimal damage and no injuries were reported, Hurd said.

A man who wished to remain anonymous in this report said he saw the 18-year-old pouring lighter fluid on rugs at the high school before he lit them on fire.

"He said God told him to do it," the man said.

The 18-year-old is not a student on campus and his identity is not being released by police at this time.

Police are investigating the fire and Livermore Patch will update this story as more information is made available.

Generation X Citizen January 05, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Good one My Opinion.
J.P. Martin January 05, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Comparing this incident with that motorcycle collision is comparing apples and oranges. In this case there were no fatalities and he fully intended to destroy property and even possibly life. Of the other we will never know his final intent but its unfortunate he died. It was an obvious consequence out of any number of possible outcomes to his decision and actions, but I would stop short of using the word "deserve" in his death. Its like sentencing all speeders and red light runners and drunk drivers to death in a court of law. This arsonist needs to pay, be evaluated and judged by our courts according to the evidence.
Robert January 05, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Mr My Opinion-is this kid your son? Is that why you think this is something to joke about? You need help sir. If this kid got a slap on the wrist, it might lead to something worse...first a stack of rugs...what's next? A car? A building? Hmmm...Arson is NO JOKING MATTER
doug1414@aol.com January 05, 2012 at 01:37 PM
The city looks so pretty do you wanna burn with me
Get_A_Clue January 09, 2012 at 10:59 PM
So...I'm confused. Where was Walter Stanley and his video recorder when this police officer was protecting life and property? Doesn't he think the police were just "harassing" the 18-year old adult who damaged tax payer's property?

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