Pasadena man accused of torching own car

PASADENA — Officials arrested a Pasadena man Friday on suspicion of setting fire to his own car in an alleged arson earlier in the year.
Mazi Taylor, 55, was arrested about 2 p.m. on suspicion of four arson-related charges, according to Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian and Los Angeles County booking records.
He’s accused of torching his own 2007 Suzuki Forenza in the early morning hours of Sept. 30 as it was parked in the 1200 block of North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena police and fire officials said.
A man was spotted running from the scene, and the fire was immediately suspected to be the work of an arsonist, officials said.
He told investigators at the time that he was at work when the fire broke out, and had been notified by his girlfriend that his car was on fire.
But the Pasadena Fire Department’s arson investigator concluded differently, arresting Taylor in connection with the fire Friday afternoon.
The motive in the alleged crime was not available.
According to booking records, Taylor was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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