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Arrest made in 2010 arson attack after Lakers' championship win

May 9, 2012 |  7:15 am

Arson taxi

Authorities have arrested a man after a long investigation into an arson attack on a taxi following the Lakers' 2010 NBA championship win.

Darren Cooper, whose age and hometown were not released by authorities, was arrested by L.A. City Fire investigators and booked on suspicion of arson, KTLA-TV reported. The investigators are still searching for five other people in connection with the June 2010 incident.

The jubilant celebration by Lakers fans outside Staples Center quickly turned destructive when fans started jumping on cars and breaking windshields.

One incident was captured on video by news media from the air and on the ground.

Abraham Teferi was sitting in his cab on Flower Street when dozens of revelers surrounded him. The crowd tried to turn the cab over, then jumped on the taxi and smashed in the windows. They then began chanting "burn it up," according to Teferi.

A man can be seen on the video striking a lighter and tossing a piece of flaming cloth into the cab.

Some celebrated the act -- even posing for pictures -- but the crowd had dispersed by the time police arrived.

Authorities plan to hold a news conference Wednesday morning to display images of the five others suspected in connection with the incident.


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-- KTLA News

Photo: A taxi is seen burning after the Lakers' NBA championship win in 2010. Credit: KTLA-TV