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.
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.
Courtesy of Anaheim Police Revised photo from police
"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:
Anyone with information is asked to immediately contact Orange County Crimestoppers at 855.TIP.OCCS, www.occrimstoppers.org or text OCCS and your tip to CRIMES (274637). Anonymous tips may be left.
Courtesy of Anaheim Police Dept. Revised photo from police
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.