Sterling man arrested for burning his car
A Sterling man was arrested after authorities say he set fire Jan. 2 to a $8,000 Saab on Ridge Top Circle.
Authorities on Jan. 4 obtained a warrant for Jonathan Arya Laite-Pourtorab, 20, and charged him with burning or destroying personal property, a class 4 felony.
Laite-Pourtorab was taken into custody at his home at 5 Cedar Drive, according to Loudoun Fire and Rescue.
According to reports, firefighters were called to Ridge Top Circle about 8:52 p.m. Jan. 2 to find the 2001 Saab fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters quickly put out the fire before the car was considered a total loss, according to reports.
The fire was later ruled an arson and after an investigation by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office it was determined Laite-Pourtorab was responsible for the blaze. Authorities did not release a motive for Laite-Pourtorab’s actions.
Investigators were able to take video surveillance along with an informant’s statements to confirm the suspect’s actions prior to and after the fire.
Laite-Pourtorab is being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
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