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Compton man arrested on suspicion of arson

January 19, 2013 | 10:16 am

A 37-year-old Compton man was arrested after allegedly setting fires to an Inglewood hotel room, scaling the complex’s balconies and threatening to kill himself, authorities said.

Officers responded to a call of suspicious circumstances at a Motel 6 off Century Boulevard about 10 p.m. Friday, said Lt. Neal Cochran of the Inglewood Police Department.

The suspect, identified as Danny Harley, would not respond to officer’s requests to open the door, and had set five small fires in the motel room, authorities said. Harley then went outside onto the balcony of the room and began climbing down the side of the complex, from the seventh to the second floor “like Spider-Man,” Cochran said.

At one point, the suspect, who was previously diagnosed with schizophrenia, brandished a knife and threatened to kill himself, Cochran said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department placed a ladder near the second floor, and the suspect made his way to the ground. The suspect was taken into custody about 12:15 a.m.

Harley was arrested on suspicion of arson and is being held in a hospital psychiatric ward.

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-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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