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Man seen firebombing a Los Angeles Police Station, suspect was chased down and arrested

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Josh Cain

Daily News, Los Angeles

A man seen throwing a Molotov cocktail at the front doors of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Topanga station in Canoga Park early Sunday, which caused a fiery explosion, was arrested after officers inside chased him down, police said.

Officials said Jonathon Rosin, a 24-year-old from Los Angeles, was seen fleeing the station right after the fireball ignited. He was taken into custody and booked in the Van Nuys jail on $501,000 bail.

Police said the firebombing occurred at about 1 a.m. Sunday. A spot near the front entrance to the station was left singed by the attack.

Security camera footage from the station shows a man dressed in black approaching the station doors, then hurling a small object at them. The object bursts into flames as it strikes a window, and the man briefly disappears as he’s nearly engulfed himself. But then he is seen running away.

Moments later, an officer peeks outside to see the fire still burning, then another brings out a fire extinguisher to douse the blaze.

Officers at the station declined Monday to comment in detail.

In a statement, LAPD officials said the object was a glass bottle filled with a flammable liquid. Police said officers at the station saw the attack unfold on their security camera system.

LAPD officials have not said whether they believed Rosin had any contact with officers in the past. Court records show he was arrested by officers from the Topanga station two years ago on petty theft and misdemeanor threat and battery charges.

Rosin spent a few days in jail after he was arrested. He appeared in court in Van Nuys and pleaded no contest to the petty theft charge. He was given probation and released. He pleaded not guilty to the threat and battery charges, which were both dismissed.

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