Camarillo Arson Suspect Arrested

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release

Ashley Sims

On 05/14/20, Camarillo Police Department detectives located and arrested a Camarillo arson suspect in Los Angeles County.

On 05/14/20, at about 0200 hours, Camarillo patrol deputies responded to the 400 block of Las Posas Road to assist the Ventura County Fire Department with a large dumpster fire. The fire had quickly spread to an attached utility generator shed, which ultimately caused approximately

$50,000 worth of fire damage. Investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Bomb / Arson Unit and the Ventura County Fire Department Investigation Unit also arrived on scene to assist.

As the investigation continued, arson investigators and detectives from the Camarillo Investigation Bureau reviewed video surveillance from a security camera that was positioned in the area of the fire. The video surveillance footage confirmed that fire had been deliberately set and a suspect was observed in the area. Detectives positively identified the arson suspect as Ashely Sims, a resident of the City of Los Angeles. Investigators recognized Sims because she had been issued a misdemeanor citation for an unrelated crime in Camarillo a few hours prior to committing this arson.

On 05/15/2020, at about 1630 hours, detectives assigned to the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail located Sims in the 900 block of Blaine Street in the City of Los Angeles and arrested her for the arson that occurred in Camarillo. Sims was transported and booked into the Ventura

County Pre-Trail Detention Facility for one felony count of a violation of California Penal Code 451(c)/ Arson. Sims remains in jail with a bail set at $150,000. Her court date is set on May 26, 2020.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank members of the public for their on-going support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes. We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships.

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