Arrest made in 2010 Lakers title riot
Los Angeles authorities have charged a man with torching a taxi while celebrating the Lakers’ championship two years ago — and they’re warning fans against violence this year as the Lakers, Clippers and Kings seek victory.
Darren Cooper, 22, of San Bernardino was charged with arson last week and faces up to four years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say he’s free on $100,000 bail and it’s not known if he has an attorney.
Authorities on Wednesday said they’re seeking five other men who were videotaped torching the taxi outside Staples Center after the Lakers’ victory there in 2010. Authorities arrested Cooper after the tape was posted on YouTube and prompted a tip.
Meanwhile, police warn they’ll crack down on any fan violence stemming from the NBA and NHL playoffs.