July 14, 2011 (Otay) -- San Diego County Crime Stoppers and Chula Vista Police Department investigators seek help to identify suspects in arson fires which recently occurred at an elementary school and nearby canyons in the Otay and Chula Vista areas.
On each occasion, several juveniles were seen running from the areas after the fires began or just before the fires started.The fires are still under investigation and the public is being urged to come forward with any information--including photos or videos taken of the fires or people seen around the blazes.
6/28/11 at about 3:05pm at Discovery Elementary School, located at 1100 Camino Biscay, Chula Vista. The damage was to trees and a sign.
6/28/11 at about 3:10pm in the canyon off of Camino Biscay and Avenida De La Barca, Chula Vista. The damage was approximately 800 square feet of brush and was immediately adjacent to a residence. The residence did not sustain any damage.
6/28/11 at about 3:15pm in the canyon off of South Rancho Del Rey Parkway and Buena Vista Way, Chula Vista. The damage was approximately 1200 square feet and immediately adjacent to a residence. The residence did not sustain any damage.
6/30/11 at about 7:30pm in the canyon off of Eastlake Drive and Ridgewater Drive, Chula Vista. The damage was approximately 1/4 acre and was in close proximity to several residences. No residences sustained any damage.
7/12/11 at about 3:00pm in the canyon behind the Ralph's grocery store located at 780 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista. The damage was about 1/2 acre and was adjacent to residential structures. No residences sustained any damage.
Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspect(s) should call Chula Vista Police Department's Fire/Arson Investigator Matt Smith at (619) 585-5732 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. An additional $9,000 reward is available through the Crime Stoppers arson reward fund to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com.