Palo Alto police arrest arson suspect after 4 suspicious fires

Palo Alto police have arrested a man in connection with a string of fires that occurred early Friday morning.

Lt. James Reifschneider said in a statement Monday that police took 23-year-old Terry Lee Hill Jr. of Palo Alto into custody on Saturday night after four separate suspicious fires broke out the day before between 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

The first caused significant damage to a parked vehicle on the 600 block of Urban Lane, the second involved a dumpster on the 100 block of Palo Alto Avenue, the third occurred inside of a parking garage on the 500 block of High Street, and the last caused damage to the foliage along a bicycle path near the intersection of Alma Street and Homer Avenue, Reifschneider said.

About 9 p.m. on Saturday, an officer on routine patrol in the area of the 600 block of Urban Lane spotted a man who bore a strong resemblance to the person of interest captured by a surveillance camera in the area of Friday's Palo Alto Avenue fire, Reifschneider said.  The man was detained without incident.

No further details were immediately released. It's impossible to tell, however, at least from the single photo that police released of the arson suspect, to link him definitively to Hills.

Efforts to reach Hill and his lawyer were not immediately successful on Monday.

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