Man Charged With Setting Fires in Front of Businesses

A Rancho Cucamonga man has been arraigned on arson charges after being arrested last week by the San Marino Police Department in connection with fires that were set in front of Huntington Drive businesses in September.
The 27-year-old was arrested on Monday, Oct. 15, after an investigation by the SMPD, the San Marino Fire Department and the San Gabriel Police Department.
According to Sgt. Candace Torres with SMPD, the suspect is believed to have used paper material to set three fires in front of businesses in the 2100 block of Huntington Drive between midnight and 3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26.
“It was with different things, but one was with newspaper,” Torres explained, adding she was unsure how much the small fires damaged the storefronts.
That area of Huntington Drive has several businesses with large patios in front, many of which have dining tables and are adorned with shrubbery.
Torres said the investigation reflected good collaborative work among the police agencies as well as SMFD’s arson investigators.
“San Gabriel was investigating for something related beforehand,” she explained. “We actually sent a flier around with some of the pictures we had, and San Gabriel [detectives] recognized him from one of their own investigations.”
Torres added that there were no indications the suspect had accomplices or that he was responsible for other such arsons in town. She also was unsure of a possible motive in the setting of the blazes.
Those with additional information are urged to contact Detective Vanessa Golden at (626) 300-0719.

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