Officers investigate after someone set fire to the back seat of an SFPD vehicle near Fourth and Market streets in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, November 15, 2016. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Officers investigate after someone set fire to the back seat of an SFPD vehicle near Fourth and Market streets in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, November 15, 2016. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Man arrested for setting fire to SFPD car

A man was arrested after he allegedly set a police patrol car on fire Tuesday afternoon in downtown San Francisco, police said.

Officers were out of their patrol vehicle around 4 p.m. Tuesday and walking a foot beat patrol in the 800 block of Market Street, near the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall and Union Square shopping district, when a man approached the parked vehicle.

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Police said the suspect then opened the rear door and lit the back seat on fire before fleeing on foot.

A 34-year-old man was arrested in the incident, but police have not yet released his name.

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