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Sterling Man Charged With Arson of Saab

Allegation stems from Jan. 2 incident in which 2001 vehicle was destroyed.

A Sterling man was arrested this week and charged with intentionally setting his car on fire Jan. 2.

Fire and rescue units responded to 21620 Ridgetop Circle after receiving a call at 8:52 p.m. Jan. 2 reporting an automobile on fire a the address. While firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, the 2001 Saab, valued at $8,000, was totaled, according to a report from Loudoun Fire, Rescue & Emergency Management.

The Loudoun Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the fire arson and opened an investigation, resulting in the arrest of Jonathan Arya Laite-Pourtorab, 20, of Sterling. According to the report, investigators obtained video surveillance footage as well as statements from an informant indicating Laite-Pourtorab actions before and after the fire.

Fire marshals obtained a warrant Jan. 4 and arrested Laite-Pourtorab at his home on one count of a Class 4 felony, Virginia Code §18.2-81, burning or destroying personal property.

As of Monday, Laite-Pourtorab remained held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

The previous information was supplied by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and, where charges were made, does not indicate a conviction. For questions about this article, email dusty@patch.com.

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