Representatives from the Laguna Beach Police Department have confirmed that 27-year-old Thomas Richeson has been arrested on suspicion of arson.  Police believe he’s responsible for setting a brush fire in November.

The blaze shut down a portion of Laguna Canyon Road.

According to a report by, Richeson was taken into custody in mid-December; he was booked at the Orange County Jail where he is currently being held on a no-bail bonds hold.

When the court issues a no bail bonds hold, the defendant is not permitted to be released from custody pending trial.

Authorities said they were able to use video footage from an animal shelter to help identify the suspect.  A witness also made a statement, indicating he saw a man running from the area where the fire started.

It’s unclear whether Richeson has a prior history of arrest.

Original article:  Man arrested in Laguna Beach brush fire

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