Harry Burkhart, the 24-year-old suspected of setting more than 50 intentional fires in Los Angeles last week, is also under investigation in his home country of Germany for a fire that destroyed a Burkhart family-owned property days before he traveled to the United States in October, said a prosecutor on Wednesday.
Burkhart is said be silent about the fires during interrogations, reserving his words primarily for "rants against law enforcement and against the United States in general," reports the L.A. Times. He is expected to make a court appearance Wednesday and face charges on suspicion of arson.
According to a LAPD official, the uncooperative Burkhart has been placed on suicide watch, however no details were given about the circumstances that led authorities to implement the measure.
The arson suspect's mother, Dorothee Burkhart, is also being held by authorities, She is wanted in connection with 19 counts of fraud in Germany. A 2007 warrant for her arrest was issued by a Frankfurt judge, according to court documents.