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.