LANCASTER – A 54-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a string of arson fires in Lancaster, authorities announced.
Juan Flores was arrested after he confessed to starting several fires, according to Sgt. Steve Owen of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
This month alone, there have been 17 arson fires on and around Lancaster Boulevard, Owen said.
“The majority of these fires occurred in trash cans along Lancaster Boulevard and some dumpsters in the alley ways south of Lancaster Boulevard,” Owen stated in a news release.
On Saturday, Nov. 14, there were seven arson fires in different areas near the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, which is located on Lancaster Boulevard, according to Owen.
Detectives last week released images from surveillance video of a man setting a fire at a Lancaster dumpster, and they asked for the public’s help in catching the arsonist. Deputies from the Lancaster Community Appreciation Program (LAN-CAP) saw the footage and recognized Flores from a previous encounter, according to Owen.
“Deputy Andrade, assigned to the LAN-CAP Team, spotted the suspect at Lancaster Boulevard and Yucca Avenue. The suspect confessed to starting several fires on and around Lancaster Boulevard,” Owen said.
“This same suspect also had a no bail warrant from a previous incident in which the suspect vandalized four different churches on and around Lancaster Boulevard,” Owen added.
Editor’s note: Juan Flores is 54 years old, according to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station news release referenced in this article. However, LASD inmate records list Flores as age 56.
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