A man accused of trying to start a fire in a Normal Heights neighborhood was found hiding under a bush about a block away, police officers said Monday.
Neighbors reported seeing a man trying to start a fire between two homes near Hawley Boulevard and North Mountain Road at approximately 2 a.m.
One resident told police he stepped outside his home and confronted the man. At that point, the man ran toward the street, got on a scooter and fled northbound on Hawley, police said.
After searching yard to yard, police found a man laying down behind some bushes near Hawley and Cromwell Court.
He was found to be in possession of a small butane torch and some disposable water bottles filled with some type of liquid as well as a scooter.
The man, seen in video handcuffed and bleeding, was detained by San Diego police. He was taken to a nearby hospital with an injury to his hand, police said.
The MAST unit is investigating to see if this suspect is connected to this morning’s fire and other arson incidents reported recently in the City Heights area of San Diego.