City Heights arsonist to stand trial on multiple arson charges

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A judge ruled Friday that a man accused of setting a series of fires in City Heights will stand trial on multiple arson charges.

Rolando Resendiz, 24, was arrested April 4 when he was found setting bags of clothes on fires on Ogden Street.

According to authorities, arson investigators linked Resendiz to several more fires set March 1, including two at an apartment building and three in nearby Dumpsters.

Deputy District Attorney Ted Fiorito said surveillance video in an alley behind Resendiz’s residence showed a man wearing distinctive patterned shoes walking in the area on the morning of one of the fires. Similar shoes were found during a search of the defendant’s apartment.

Fiorito said Resendiz was a “serial arsonist” who would go looking for things to burn.

Defense attorney Brianne Murphy argued that police arrested the wrong man.

Following a daylong preliminary hearing, Judge Joan Weber ruled that enough evidence was presented for Resendiz to stand trial. A Superior Court arraignment was scheduled for June 26.

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