LAPD arrests 31-year-old man for flag burning at West Hills home; say religious hate was not the motive staff KABC logo

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 4:08AM

31-year-old man arrested for burning flag at West Hills home

WEST HILLS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Police have arrested a man in connection with the intentional burning of an American flag at a home in West Hills. The flames spread to the property’s lawn before a neighbor was able to get them under control with a garden hose.

The incident happened Saturday night. Surveillance video shows a man walking toward the flag in front of the home on Welby Way, lighting it on fire and walking away.

Investigators were considering the possibility of a hate crime because the homeowner is Jewish.

But police say the suspect, 31-year-old Kevin Miller was not motivated by hate.

The video in the player above is from a previous report on this incident.

Miller was arrested around 10:45 p.m. Monday. He was booked at Van Nuys jail for arson of an inhabited dwelling and bail was set at $25,000.

Police say Miller does not have prior arrests for arson. His possible motive for setting the fire was not disclosed in an LAPD statement.

The LAPD is hoping a new photo will help track down a man suspected of burning an American flag at a house in West Hills.

Nobody was home at the time of the blaze, but the homeowner spotted the flames after receiving a notification from her Ring camera.

She immediately called 911, but the fire had already spread to the lawn. Fortunately, a neighbor jumped into action.

“I saw the hose there and thank God it was right there… I pulled it as far as I could and I was able to put my thumb over it and start squirting at it… And then I went up on the roof and I just kept going and going and going until I didn’t see any flames anymore,” said the neighbor, Jeff.

The homeowner and the neighbor who put out the fire had not met until this incident. Residents described the neighborhood as a tight-knit community where everybody is willing to help each other.

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