Wednesday, October 20, 2010

CA-RRU: Riverside County CAL FIRE Arson Investigators busy this year

2010 Proves a Busy Year for Riverside County CAL FIRE Peace Officers

In recent weeks, five arrests for fire-related incidents were made throughout Riverside County by CAL FIRE investigators; bringing the total to 18 so far this year.

On September 20, 2010, CAL FIRE Investigators arrested two juvenile males, ages 15 and 16 years in La Quinta. The youths were transported to Riverside County Juvenile Hall in Indio where they were booked on drug-related charges and arson to property. The Riverside County Juvenile Court is handling the case.

The same day, Warren Perry was arrested for setting fire to an occupied home and vehicle in Moreno Valley. Perry, 58, was transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside and booked on charges of recklessly starting a fire and arson to property.

CAL FIRE Investigators made another arrest on October 12, 2010. 21-year old Juan Antonio Godinez was arrested and transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. Godinez was booked and charged with arson, residential burglary and attempt to steal a vehicle in Perris on September 6, 2010.

Finally, CAL FIRE Investigators arrested Troy Lynn Proctor, 47, on October 15, 2010 and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on charges of residential burglary and arson to an inhabited home that occurred in Moreno Valley on July 4, 2010. The recent arrests of Perry, Godinez and Proctor are considered serious arson cases and now being handled by the Riverside County District Attorneys Office.

Matthew Ellen Kehoe was arrested on September 27, 2010 by CAL FIRE Investigators for setting fire to a dumpster, which damaged an adjacent building in Banning. The Riverside County District Attorneys Office charged Kehoe with one count of PC 451 (d) (arson to property) and he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Anyone witnessing suspicious fire activity is urged to contact the Riverside County Fire Department Arson Hotline at 1-800-633-2836.

More info:

Jody Hagemann
Public Affairs Bureau
(951) 940-6985

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