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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.


You ever had one of those POS cars (especially when you were young). I had one, broke down constantly. One time, it happened on a “big date”... humiliated. I would get out and kick the fender and curse up a storm. I wonder if that’s what happened here (not sure insurance is giving too much for a 2001 Saab).

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