Arson Suspect Arrested for Setting Fire East of Santa Paula

Molina-Pacheco

Ventura County Sheriff – – Incident Press Release

Investigators arrested 30 year old Santa Paula resident, suspect, Guadalupe Molina-Pacheco after he set fire to a hillside in the unincorporated area of Ventura County, adjacent to the City of Santa Paula.

On August 19, 2020, at about 1:05 PM, the Ventura County Fire Department received a call of a brush fire near Forest Drive and Cliff Drive, across from the Santa Paula Creek. Fire department personnel arrived on scene and saw the fire moving up the hillside. The fire was contained to three acres with no property damage. Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, arson investigators from both the Ventura County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office responded to the location. Their investigation determined the fire was the result of arson.

Guadalupe Molina-Pacheco, a transient located near the property, was identified as a suspect in the crime. Molina-Pacheco was arrested and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility on one felony count of arson and one misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance.


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