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    CA - 5 people killed in deliberately set fire, Los Angeles, 13 June 2016


    A man accused of intentionally lighting a Westlake building on fire where five people were found dead was arrested on suspicion of murder Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Five people, who had not yet been identified by authorities, were killed in the blaze, the Los Angeles Fire Department said Tuesday.

    The man accused of setting the fire was identified as Johnny Sanchez, 21, according to the LAPD Captain Bill Hayes. Officials said he was a transient.
    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/lo...383031961.html
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    Authorities believe the victims three men and two women -- were living inside the building, along with the 21-year-old homeless man accused of intentionally starting the fire after a dispute with people living inside.

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    Fire officials were concerned about the potential risks inside the building, and two battalion chiefs toured the site about two weeks before the fire, said Fire Department spokesman Peter Sanders. Fire officials said they were working with the property manager to try to secure the building.

    The fatal blaze added urgency to L.A.s ongoing struggle to find housing for a ballooning homeless population, including those who create makeshift homes inside vacant buildings scattered across the city.
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...nap-story.html

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    Two of the victims were identified as Jerry Dean Clemons, 59, and Mary Ann Davis, 44, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The other three have yet to be identified.
    http://mynewsla.com/crime/2016/06/15...five-homeless/

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    The homeless man accused of setting a fire that killed five people in a vacant Westlake district office building was in the country illegally and had been detained and released by immigration agents in 2012, according to federal officials.

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    The Department of Homeland Security said Sanchez was part of a group that was arrested by border patrol agents in November 2012 at the southeastern California border.
    http://abc7.com/news/westlake-fatal-...s-say/1391745/

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    A homeless man accused of setting a fire that killed five people in a vacant office building in the Westlake district where he was living with other transients pleaded not guilty Tuesday to capital murder charges.

    Johnny Josue Sanchez, now 22, could face the death penalty after being charged with five counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with the June 13 blaze.

    The murder charges include the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder during the commission of an arson. Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty against Sanchez, who is being held without bail.
    http://mynewsla.com/crime/2016/08/30...-five-in-fire/



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