Police have arrested a suspect for arson six months after the seven-story Da Vinci apartment complex caught on fire. Fifty-six year old Dawud Abdulwali has been accused of setting the December blaze that caused an estimated $30 million in damages. Investigators are expected to divulge new details about the case and Abdulwali’s arrest during a press conference this evening. As for the building’s much-maligned developer, Geoff Palmer? He’s already moved on. He told us last month that the fire only bolstered his resolve to build more housing downtown.
UPDATE: Abdulwali, who was arrested on an unrelated traffic charge yesterday, has been booked for aggravated arson and arson of a structure. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
“It is an absolute miracle that nobody was hurt the evening of this fire,” said councilman Jose Huizar. “Today it’s about thanking the fire department…and having the city be safer because of their efforts.”