A description of the vehicle was given by the witness and broadcasted throughout law enforcement. The vehicle was found shortly after the broadcast at the Ronald Regan (118) Freeway and Glenoaks Boulevard exit in Pacoima, Spencer said.
Lin On Chu, 32, of Rosemead, and Ayane Nakai, 19, of South Gate, were arrested on suspicion of unlawfully starting a fire and possession of illegal fireworks.
This charge is a felony that carries a sentence in state prison if convicted, Spencer said.
Chu and Nakai have been released in lieu of $20,000 bail. They were scheduled to be formally charged Thursday. The fact that the deputies were in the area and responded quickly was lucky, Spencer said. "It is a high fire danger time, lighting off fireworks in a forest area is reckless," he added.