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Serial City Heights arsonist convicted

Posted: 12:17 PM, Mar 16, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-16 19:18:39Z
SAN DIEGO -- A man who set a series of early morning fires within walking distance of his City Heights home last year was convicted Wednesday of six counts of arson.
  
Rolando Resendiz, 25, was arrested April 4 when he was found walking from an area on Ogden Street where a bag of clothes was set on fire on someone's porch.
  
Arson investigators also linked Resendiz to several more fires set on March 31, 2015, 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 home 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 residence, according to authorities.
  
Fiorito said Resendiz was a "serial arsonist" who would go out in the early morning hours "looking for things to set on fire."
  
Resendiz faces up to 14 years and four months in prison when he is sentenced May 20.