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News Release

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Media Relations

SAFE LA Task Force Arrest Arson/Looting Suspects NR20169cr

On May 30, 2020, the suspects depicted in the attached images entered a restaurant in the Hollywood area during the SAFE LA protests and civil unrest. One suspect utilized accelerant to ignite a fire inside the location. After igniting the fire, the suspects looted several bottles of alcohol and looted items from neighboring businesses. The SAFE LA Task Force received a tip from the SAFELATIPS webpage, which ultimately identified the suspects.

On July 16, 2020, SAFE LA Task Force members served search warrants at the suspects residences. The suspects were subsequently arrested for arson and looting.

Suspect-1: Mario Alvarado, 43 years

Supect-2: Julian Mejia, 34 years

Tipsters who provide credible information for significant crimes during the SAFE LA civil unrest which leads to an arrest may be eligible for cash reward. Please go to for additional information. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call (213) 486-6840. Tipsters may also submit an online tip, video, or pictures to