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Immigrant Arson Suspect Apparently German—Says "I Hate America"
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January 03, 2012, 01:45 PM
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The immigrant arrested in connection with 55 (!) arson fire in Los Angeles is named Harry Burkhart. I wondered yesterday if he was a Turk or North African living in  Germany, rather than a regular German, because burning cars is a regular thing with Muslims in Europe.

Actually, he turns out to be a white guy with a pony tail. LA Weekly has some interesting facts and leaks:

The man who terrorized L.A. for three nights with a series of 53 arson fires turned out to be a 24-year-old from Germany identified as Harry Burkhart, at least according to authorities.

"I hate America" were the words he reportedly uttered after he was pulled out of his car during a traffic stop at Sunset Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue shortly after 3 this morning following another outbreak of fires in nearby West Hollywood.

Harry Burkhart, L.A. Arson Fires Suspect From Germany, Says `I Hate America`, By Dennis Romero Mon., Jan. 2 2012 at 10:14 PM

Facts and or leaks from the LA Weekly story:

  • Suspect was driving a minivan with Canadian license plates
  • "The Los Angeles Times reported today that Burkhart might have been angered over the deportation of a relative, subsequently said to be his mother, only a week ago."
  • "The Los Angeles Times reports that it appears a U.S. State Department source pointed to Burkhart after he unleashed an anti-American tirade in U.S. immigration court recently, apparently in reaction to his mother`s reported deportation: A government official recognized him as resembling the man in the Hollywood+Highland surveillance video and alerted local authorities."
  • "The Times reported Burkhart had "travel papers" from Chechnya even though he`s a German national."
  • Suspect lived with his mother—neighbors told a radio station that the mother had said that " that her son wasn`t all right in the head."