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LAPD releases video of suspect in arson case at Mormon Temple in Westwood

June 30, 2010 |  5:33 pm

Los Angeles police Wednesday released video footage of a suspect caught on tape in May as he allegedly tried to set fire to a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The suspect, carrying a backpack of combustible material and a thermos cup, walked onto church property at 10777 Santa Monica Blvd. on May 17 and tried to enter a locked door, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The man was unable to get inside the Westwood temple. Three hours later, a suspicious fire broke out in the church's garden area, according to the LAPD.

The video footage shows a man with a backpack walking up to a  door at the temple. The LAPD did not say how it obtained the footage or how it was shot.

The suspect appeared to be in his late 20s, police said, and was wearing a red T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at the Major Crime Division at (213) 486-7260.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Video: Suspect in arson case. Credit: LAPD