Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
SAN DIMAS - Two men were arrested Tuesday morning after Good Samaritans followed them from the scene of a suspicious brush above Azusa.
The unnamed suspects were taken into custody by San Dimas Sheriff’s deputies after they were detained by Azusa Police officers, according to Sgt. Pete Shupe of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s San Dimas Station.
The Good Samaritans followed the suspects as they drove down San Gabriel Canyon Road until they got cell phone service to call authorities.
“Azusa PD received a phone call from people who said they were following a vehicle in which they saw two males start a fire,” Shupe said.
Azusa officers detained the men on Sierra Madre Avenue.
The investigation was handled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Arson/Explosives Detail. The case was then handed to the U.S. Forest Service, which apparently has the names of the men arrested, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The U.S. Forest Service has yet to return a call for suspect booking information.
The fire burned near Morris Dam in the 9500 block of North San Gabriel Canyon Road. Los Angeles County firefighters were dispatched to assist the U.S. Forest Service at 2:53 a.m. August 7.
Firefighting helicopters from both county fire and the U.S. Forest service assisted ground crews.
Power lines fell near the fire and inhibited the firefight, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
About 104 customers were initially without power, according to Southern California Edison.