The mother of Harry Burkhart, the 24-year-old German man suspected in the four-day, Los Angeles arson spree, has apparant ties to a local "tantra massage" website.
Burkhart, called ""most dangerous arsonist in Los Angeles County" by Sheriff Lee Baca, was reportedly present when his mother, the subject of a provisional arrest request by Germany, was arrested on Dec. 28 by U.S. marshals and Los Angeles police.
Provisional arrest warrants are typically issued for outstanding criminal charges overseas, however it is unknown why Germany sought the mother. It is also unknown what type of visas the pair had used to enter the U.S., and how long they have been in the country. As German citizens, they would be eligible to come to the U.S. without a visa for 90 days under the Visa Waiver Program.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, "could not disclose the nature of the alleged crime because the case was sealed," reports the L.A. Times.
A detention hearing is scheduled this afternoon in Los Angeles federal court for Dorothee Burkhart, as part of proceedings to extradite the woman to her native Germany. Harry Burkhart had reportedly been battling the U.S. government over the immigration status of his mother.
Harry Burkhart, identified because a State Department official recognized him as the man who had caused a disturbance at his mother's last immigration-related hearing, will appear in court Wednesday to face charges that he allegedly set a series of about 50 intentional fires that caused an estimated $3 million in damage.
"We are very confident in this arrest, but we have a long way to go," said Police Chief Charlie Beck.