Video shows man lighting patrol vehicle on fire near police station 12/06/2019 11:32 am PST Comments KTLA / Hawthorne Police via KTLA: HAWTHORNE, Calif. (KTLA) -- A man was arrested Thursday after security video captured him setting on fire a Hawthorne patrol SUV parked near the police station, officials said. Elmer Maldonado, a 24-year-old Hawthorne resident, was detained without incident on suspicion of arson, according to police. Officers first noticed a suspicious person apparently loitering directly in front of the Hawthorne police station through surveillance monitors, according to the Hawthorne Police Department. The officers then noticed an unoccupied Ford Explorer Police Interceptor nearby, fully engulfed in flames, the Police Department said. Police detained Maldonaldo, and a review of security footage confirmed that he doused the vehicle with an undetermined accelerant and set it ablaze, officials said. MORE: Video Shows Man Lighting Patrol SUV on Fire Near Hawthorne Police Station - KTLA #Arson #California #KTLA #LawEnforcement #LosAngeles #SouthernCalifornia Related Stories Ex-teacher accused of sexual assault on son's teenage friend Bodycam video apparently shows cop touching dead woman's breasts 1-year-old Connecticut girl missing from scene of homicide Remains found in Alabama confirmed to be missing 5-year-old Florida girl Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.