Susan Kang Schroeder,Chief of Staff Office:714-347-8408 Cell:714-292-2718
Michelle Van Der Linden,Spokesperson Office:714-347-8405 Cell:714-323-4486
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 5, 2018
MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER AFTER THROWING FLAMING TOWELS AT OCSD STANTON SUBSTATION AND RAMMING INTO OCSD PATROL VEHICLE
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged with arson and assaulting a peace officer after throwing flaming towels at an Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) substation in Stanton and ramming into an OCSD patrol vehicle.
Nicholas Lam, 36, Stanton
Charged on Jan. 3, 2018, with:
Possession of flammable material
Aggravated assault on a peace officer
Resisting or obstructing a peace officer
Six years and four months in state prison plus one year in county jail
Jan. 5, 2018,
Time to be determined
Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana
Circumstances of the Case
On Dec. 31, 2017, Lam was contacted by OCSD deputies and offered assistance after his vehicle stalled on north Beach Boulevard near Orangewood Avenue in Stanton. Lam is accused of yelling profanities at the deputies, declining assistance, and driving away.
At approximately 12:15 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2018, Lam is accused of soaking two towels in gasoline, lighting them on fire, and throwing them over the south wall of the OCSD substation in Stanton, causing a marked black and white OCSD patrol vehicle to catch fire and sustain minor burns to the rear passenger door.
OCSD deputies at the scene utilized a fire extinguisher from another patrol vehicle and extinguished the fire after multiple attempts.
Lam is accused of fleeing the scene in a dark-colored sedan, which OCSD deputies recognized from their previous encounter.
While fleeing, the defendant is accused of ramming his vehicle into an OCSD patrol car and resisting arrest.
Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Angela Hong, Special Prosecutions Unit