Firebug Suspect Handcuffed in San Francisco

Police say she's not connected to City's string of car fires

By Jessica Greene
|  Thursday, Jul 30, 2009  |  Updated 9:16 AM PDT
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'Carsonist' Has San Francisco on Edge

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Police arrested a 50-year-old woman at the Transbay Terminal but say so far, they haven't linked her to the 13 car fires in San Francisco.

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San Francisco police have a woman in custody who they say is a suspected arsonist but they say she is not suspected of setting a string of car fires that have plagued the City for the past week.

Police arrested a 50-year-old woman at the Transbay Terminal at about 2:15 a.m. Friday and took her to the police station where she was booked on several arson suspicion charges.

They say she is a suspected arsonist but said they have not linked her to the 13 cars that have been set on fire overnight throughout the city since July 23.

Several of the recent car arsons have taken place in the Western Addition and the Richmond District. Others have occurred in the Financial District, the North Beach neighborhood and the Bayview District.

The most recent car fires happened at Powell and Francisco streets around 2 a.m Wednesday. Another car burned at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on Newcomb Avenue and Selby Street near to 280 and a fourth fire broke out on La Playa.

The fires followed another night of burned vehicles. Three cars went up in smoke along Geary Boulevard Monday night, with reports of at least one more attempted arson.

There have been no car fires reported Thursday.

Police are still calling for the public's help in solving the car arson spree. Anyone who either witnessed any of the arsons, or has information about them, is asked to contact the arson detail at 415-920-2944 or the department's confidential tip line at 415-575-4444.

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