Lancaster arson suspect arrested

Arson suspectedLANCASTER – Shoe prints in the desert sand helped Lancaster deputies nab the teenager suspected of igniting a series of brush fires in a vacant desert lot Thursday afternoon.

Lancaster deputies responded to an “arson-in-progress” call, around 12:23 p.m. Thursday, at a desert lot near the 200 Block of West Avenue K, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz.

Witnesses reported that a Black male was igniting a series of brush fires in the vacant lot, which was bordered by structures, Ruiz stated.

“Responding deputies tracked the shoe prints in the loose desert sand and located/detained suspect Brian Jackson, who was nearby. Deputies determined the shoe prints near the brush fires matched the shoe soles of suspect Jackson,” Ruiz stated.

A witness also identified 18-year-old Jackson as the person she saw start the fire, Ruiz added.

Jackson was arrested around 1 p.m. Thursday and booked at the Lancaster Station jail on $50,000 bail. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Arson/Explosives Unit is investigating the crime.

  1 comment for “Lancaster arson suspect arrested

  1. Renate
    August 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    could this also be the person responsible for the arson fires of a few weekends ago?

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