SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police announced Wednesday night the arrest of a man suspected to be responsible for a series of up to a dozen fires in downtown San Jose since last week.

Officers with the Police Department’s Covert Response Unit found and arrested the suspect at about 8:10 p.m. He will be booked into Santa Clara County Jail, police Officer Albert Morales said.

The suspect’s name and how he was arrested has not been released.

The fire department has reported 13 fires near downtown since Jan. 8. Eleven of them were determined to be arson. The blazes usually occurred during the early morning hours. Three fires alone were set on Sunday.

The targets have included homes and businesses and a church. No injuries are reported.

Most of the fires were set between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between Santa Clara Street and William Street and between 17th Street and 33rd Street, according to fire officials.

Two more fires were reported Sunday morning in the same area.

Earlier in the week authorities released a sketch of a person of interest in the case.


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