Man tries to set palm tree on fire near Mission health clinic 

A man tried to set a palm tree on fire in the Mission district Monday, police said.

A witness at the scene told police he saw the suspect, described only as a man in his 60s, light the bark of a palm tree on fire with a lit cigarette about 2:18 p.m. in the 200 block of Shotwell Street near the Mission Neighborhood Health Center.

The witness confronted the suspect, who fled. He was reportedly later arrested.

The Fire Department was called to the scene and extinguished the fire.

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