Unidentified Suspect Wanted for SDG&E Arson

San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the Chula Vista Police Department are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate an unknown suspect wanted for arson.

Investigators said on April, 17, 2012, at about 4:24 a.m., a vital cable pole belonging to SDG&E, located west of the I-5 freeway and south of the channel separating Chula Vista from National City, was intentionally set on fire (arson) causing an estimated 1.5 million dollars in damage. The loss of this line reduces SDG&E’s ability to import power by 400 megawatts (MW), which is roughly equivalent to the power needed for 250,000 homes. This matter is under joint investigation by the Chula Vista Police Department, Chula Vista Fire Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspect should call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $15,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Crime Stoppers reward is $1,000, Arson Reward Fund is $9,000, and Sempra Energy is $5,000. Crime Stoppers rewards are paid on arrest; the Arson Reward Fund and Sempra Energy Rewards are paid on arrest and conviction. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via http://www.sdcrimestoppers.com.

• Media inquiries about the case can be directed to CVPD Detective Matt Smith at (619) 585-5732.
• Media inquiries about Crime Stoppers can be directed to either Officer James Johnson at (619) 531-1500 or Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531-1547.

For information leading to an arrest, you could receive up to a $1,000 reward and remain anonymous. The qualification of any person(s) for the reward and the amount of the reward for any person(s) so qualifying will be determined by San Diego County Crime Stoppers, Inc, in its sole discretion. The amount of all rewards given shall not exceed $1,000. Information must be
received on the tip line, (888) 580-8477.