Good Samaritan tackles man lighting brush fires along California road

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LOS ANGELES - A suspected arsonist accused of setting a series of fires in the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center has been taken into custody on Monday after a good Samaritan saw the man lighting the fires and tackled him.

The suspect was arrested after Richard Lazenby took him down to the ground and held him there until officers arrived. Part of the confrontation was caught on camera.

"I yell at him, like 'What are you doing?'" Lazenby told KTLA. "And, he says 'I'm destroying everything.'"

Lazenby was driving home from Easter Sunday church service with his family when he saw brush fires burning along Sepulveda Boulevard. He then saw the suspect lighting another fire and blocked the man with his vehicle.

"So, I get out of the car, and my goal was to take him down at that point," he said.

Wearing his Sunday best, Lazenby took the suspect to the ground and pinned him.

"Wrestled with him in the street, tumbled over into the weeds, got on top of him, pinned him down with his arms," he said.

Lazenby's wife was recording as their children looked on, at first with fear, then with pride.

"The most satisfying thing about this for me is it made my kids feel like daddy was there to protect them," he said. "If I didn't do anything, you know, there could've been a lot more damage than this scratch on my face."

The investigation is ongoing.

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