Gabriel Michael Castillo, Firefighter's Son, Faces 13 Years+ for Vehicle and Brush Fires: Update

See Update No. 3 at the bottom of page 2 on the charges against Gabriel Michael Castillo. Update No. 2 is about the son of a firefighter being arrested for setting the recent "East Fires" in Anaheim and Yorba Linda. Update No. 1 is about the original person of interest in the case being found, interviewed and cleared by police.

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ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 19, 5:51 P.M.: The Anaheim Police and Fire & Rescue departments just released a photo of a person of interest wanted in connection with a series of fires intentionally set in the east part of that city and neighboring Yorba Linda today. The so-called "East Fires" ignited between noon and 3:45 p.m., and in two locations witnesses saw a male displaying "bizarre behavior" and making "mention of various types of fire apparatus," police said.

"The fires did not pose risk to the homes or businesses in the incident areas," according to the police statement.

The man being sought was described as wearing all blue or a white tank top and possibly driving a silver or gray Chrysler PT Cruiser. Here is the full view police provided:

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Revised photo from police
Anyone with information is asked to immediately contact Orange County Crimestoppers at 855.TIP.OCCS, or text OCCS and your tip to CRIMES (274637). Anonymous tips may be left.

UPDATE NO. 1, AUG. 20, 9:02 A.M.: The family of the person of interest in the East Fires contacted police, who interviewed the individual and determined he is not a suspect. From the statement of Sgt. Bob Dunn, the Anaheim Police spokesman:

In two of these three fires, a person of interest was seen in proximity to the fires. As investigators worked through the night, family of the person of interest contacted the Anaheim Police Department. After speaking with this individual, he is no longer considered a person of interest and at this time is not a suspect in this series of fires.

Tips are still being collected at the Crimestoppers numbers and website above.

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Jason Miller
Jason Miller

Maybe the oc weekly should post the picture of the guy that got arrested instead of the picture of this innocent guy.

JGlanton topcommenter

So who is the smirking blonde Fat Bastard on page 1?  Do you have to issue an apology now for posting a photo of him as the prime suspect?    I give him some credit for being outdoors and working off a few of those Double-Stuffed Oreos he gulps while playing GTA for hours. It's really a shame and a waste to be so fat in your physical prime of life.

Moosy called it: He's dressed nothing like the description in the article. I guess that kind of astute observation is above the pay grade of the OCSD detectives and the OCW crime reporters.

I'd like to apologize to the young man for the OC Weekly issuing this misleading photo and subjecting you to ridicule for crimes you didn't commit and the fat that you did. 

Everyone should have guessed it was the fireman's son.


He's dressed nothing like the description in the article…


Start snitchin' it's bitchin'.

paullucas714 topcommenter

I wonder how they got that photo? Guy looks like hes on a casual stroll. Just chillin lightin fires. No big whoop lol.

JGlanton topcommenter

Fat Fuck delayed my shopping trip to get wine, cheese, and steak tips. You're going DOWN, bitch!

MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@JGlantonI agree and would like to apologize on behalf of this commenter: "Fat Fuck delayed my shopping trip to get wine, cheese, and steak tips. You're going DOWN, bitch!"

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