By Sam Catanzaro

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A homeless man was charged today (April 23) with setting four brush fires along Sepulveda Boulevard on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Steven William Adkison, born 4/29/87, faces four felony counts of arson of a structure or forest, says Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer for the District Attorney’s Office.

Good Samaritan Richard Lazenby tackles Steven William Adkison after seeing Adkison attempt arson. Photo: Rachel Lazenby (YouTube screen grab)

Arraignment is scheduled today April 23 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Adkison is charged with setting the fires near Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive on April 21.  Richard Lazenby, a good Samaritan who saw the alleged arson struggled with the defendant and detained him while police and firefighters arrived, prosecutors said.

Bail for Adkison is $300,000. If convicted as charged, the suspect faces a possible maximum sentence of eight years in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, West Valley Station.


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