Fillmore Resident Arrested | Suspected of Arson

Ventura County Sheriff Department – Incident Press Release

Eric Manzano

On March 2nd, Sheriff’s deputies and detectives from the Fillmore Police Department identified  and arrested 32-year old Eric Manzano  after determining he was responsible for setting at least  one fire in the city of Fillmore.

During the last three months, the city of Fillmore has experienced a rash of fires to trash cans, porta potties, a shopping cart and three structures. These incidents occurred during the late night and early morning hours. The incidents were deemed to be suspicious in nature and all resulted in minor damage.

In the early morning hours on March 2nd, another fire was reported to a building at the Fillmore Historical Society, located at 350  Main  Street.  Detectives  responded  to  investigate  and discovered video footage captured a subject approach  the  building  at  approximately  3:30  AM. The images captured the suspect’s face and distinctive attire. Additionally, the surveillance video captured the suspect’s attempt to light a fire in several places on the building.

The surveillance video was shared with patrol deputies assigned to the Fillmore Police Department. Later that evening, an observant deputy saw Manzano in a public place and noticed he appeared to match the description of the suspect in the video. The deputy initiated a conversation with Manzano and detectives who were in the area investigating the arsons responded to assist in the contact and confirmed Manzano was the subject captured in the video. Furthermore, a search of Manzano found him in possession of items that linked him to the crime. Deputies also noticed that he displayed signs of drug use and they determined he was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested for arson and drug related charges.

The investigation into the previous arsons is ongoing and Manzano remains a suspect in these crimes. The Fillmore Police Department is seeking the public’s help with information concerning the fires that occurred throughout the city between December and March.

Anyone with any information about these crimes is encouraged to contact Det. Meixner at (805) 947-9391.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint  against  the  person(s)  responsible  for  these  crimes.  The  caller  may remain anonymous. The  call  is  not  recorded.  Call  Crime  Stoppers  at  800-222-TIPS (8477).

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