PIO: Captain Michael Garofano
Defendant : Whitney Day Mono
Charge: Arson (B) and 2 counts of 451 D
Bail: Was made for $250,000
Court Date: 07/15/09
Lead Officers: HBPD Det. Sheid, HBFD
At 3:43a.m., Hermosa, Manhattan and
Redondo Beach Fire Departments were
dispatched to a fire caused by an
unknown object on fire thrown at a house
located on the Strand in Hermosa Beach.
Further investigation revealed that
there was a liquid accelerant involved
in the ignition of a fire on the
exterior of the premises that resulted
in damage to the exterior of the home,
garden hose and shrubbery.
Arson investigator Eng. Aaron Marks
stated "there is a preliminary estimate
of $1000 in damages to the exterior of
the property". The Manhattan Beach
Police Department contacted Whitney
Mono, a resident of Manhattan Beach, as
a person of interest within an hour of
the incident. She was then questioned by
members of the Hermosa Beach Police
Department and the Hermosa Beach Fire
Department. Los Angeles Fire Department
Arson Canine Unit was brought in and
conducted a search of the defendant's
mother's vehicle which resulted in a
positive alert for ignitable liquids.
After a subsequent interview, 22-year
old Mono confessed to starting the fire
at her estranged boyfriend's residence.
Mono made bail and has a court date of
July 15, 2009.