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Dispute between neighbor turns fiery after man allegedly throws Molotov cocktail


Police arrested a Santa Ana man Thursday, Jan. 10, on suspicion of throwing a homemade fire bomb at his neighbor’s property.

Officers and firefighters responded to reports of arson on the 2700 block of Maywood Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 15, according to a Thursday news release from the Santa Ana Police Department.

It said a resident had been in his house that evening when he heard a loud noise, then came outside to find a fire burning in his driveway. He used a garden hose to douse the fire and then called police.

Surveillance footage shows someone lighting a device on fire and tossing it over the victim’s fence at about 11:15 p.m. The item was examined by Orange County Fire Authority officials, who determined that it was similar to a Molotov cocktail, said the release.

The resident recognized the suspect as his neighbor. Police arrested Danny Noriega, 61, Thursday, according to Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. He said officers had responded to a similar incident a month earlier, but did not have enough evidence to file charges at that time.

“It’s like the Hatfields and the McCoy’s,” he said. “They had been feuding for the past two years over parking issues. Too many people, not enough spaces.”

The victim had reported finding high-powered fireworks with rocks attached to them, which Bertagna said were designed to explode and propel stones like shrapnel. Similar fireworks were in Noriega’s possession when he was taken into custody, police said.

Noriega was booked into the Santa Ana Jail on suspicion of arson-related charges and held in lieu of $220,000 bail, according to inmate records. His next scheduled court date is Friday, Jan. 11.

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