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Synagogue arson suspect faces 19 felony counts

A man suspected of setting fire to a Hollywood synagogue is already in police custody on an unrelated charge, said authorities.

April 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man suspected of setting fire to a Hollywood synagogue was already in police custody on an unrelated charge Wednesday.

Dmitriy Sheyko, 21, is accused of setting a fire in a classroom of the Temple Israel of Hollywood synagogue.

Sheyko has been charged with 19 felony counts, including burglary, arson and use of a destructive device. Police did not say what the unrelated charge the suspect was already in custody for.

Sheyko is also accused of burglary and arson at a location in the Beverly Ridge Terrace area. Those incidents included the use of a Molotov cocktail. They took place between Apr. 14-17.

Sheyko was scheduled to be arraigned at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center Wednesday. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is expected to ask the court to hold Sheyko on $3 million bail.

Police say Sheyko was identified as a possible suspect after authorities released surveillance video taken outside Temple Israel shortly before last week's fire and burglary.

The footage shows a suspect climbing over a wall, carrying what appears to be a bottle and a duffle bag.

Police believe the suspect vandalized a classroom and started a small fire. There were no injuries, and damage to the synagogue school was described as minimal, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Sheyko is also accused of entering a Fresh and Easy Market on Apr. 14 with intent to commit larceny and felony. On Apr. 16 and 17, Sheyko allegedly entered two residences, a trailer coach and a guest house in the Beverly Ridge Terrace neighborhood.

According to the indictment, he is accused of setting fire to forest land and a structure on Apr. 17 at 4 Beverly Ridge Terrace. He is charged with use of a destructive device and explosives to injure or destroy. He allegedly burglarized the residence at the same location.

A flatbed truck, a first-aid kit, a lunchbox, a beach chair were among the damaged items at the Beverly Ridge Terrace location.