Authorities Friday sought the public’s help to identify an accomplice of a 32-year-old man suspected of setting several fires in the Venice area.

The fires occurred early Tuesday on Ocean Front Walk near Westminster Avenue and were extinguished by Los Angeles Fire Department units before they could cause injury or damage to any structures, said the department’s Brian Humphrey.

Plain-clothes officers with the Los Angeles Police Department canvassed the area following the fire and, after receiving tips from the public and reviewing surveillance video, apprehended Jonathan Michael Noriega on Wednesday.

Noriega was booked into jail on felony arson charges and his bail was set at $60,000.

Upon further review of surveillance images, police determined Noriega was aided by an accomplice.

The accomplice was described as a man who stands about 6 feet, 1 inch tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a dress-like cloth to cover his legs.

Anyone with information on the man’s whereabouts was asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at

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