A man who went door-to-door setting American flags on fire is being jailed on $3.25 million bail.
The 35-year-old Laguna Niguel resident John Leo Meylor targeted houses with American and military flags in particular.
Meylor was captured on tape Thursday night setting an American flag on fire by a Ring doorbell camera.
Meylor was accused of breaking parole and committing 13 crimes of arson.
A video of an arsonist setting fire to American flags in a Long Beach neighborhood has alarmed the locals.
On Thursday night in the middle of the night, a doorbell camera records the man lighting the flags.
The suspect was revealed to be Laguna Niguel resident John Leo Meylor, 35. Authorities located him at a nearby park several hours after the attacks and apprehended him.
Authorities claim that at least 14 residences in the same neighborhood have been hit by the suspect.
A neighbor who desired to remain anonymous submitted a video of the suspect lighting the flags on fire with a lighter. He keeps one hand in his pocket and seems unconcerned. By repeatedly flicking his lighter and touching the flames to the flag, he makes sure the flag is fully lit. Then he moves calmly away from the smoldering wreckage.
“We just can’t believe this is happening. I walked outside and the pole was charred. The old pole was just charred and there was no flag and something was missing.”