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Posted on: August 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Arson of Property



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Arson of Property
Station Area:Lake Elsinore
Written Date:August 10, 2020Time:8:44 PM
Incident Date:August 4, 2020Time:12:42 AM
Incident Location:31600 block of Saddle Ridge Drive, Lake Elsinore
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Joe Narciso
File Number(s):L202170003


James Tinghitella

On August 4, 2020, at 12:42 AM, Deputy Noel responded to an Arson call in the 31600 block of Saddle Ridge Drive, Lake Elsinore.  Witnesses advised James Tinghitella, 38, of Lake Elsinore, set fire to the victim’s property in the backyard of a residence. 

Tinghitella was taken into custody without incident.  The crime of Arson of Property is classified as $0, per the Riverside County Temporary Emergency Bail Schedule.  The $0 bail would allow Tinghitella to be immediately released from jail.  

Due to the threat to public safety caused by Arson, Deputy Noel sought a bail increase, per 1269 of the Penal Code.  Judge Sykes approved the bail increase and Tinghitella’s bail was set at $100,000. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Noel, at (951) 245-3300.  

As a reminder, "Community Policing" involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members.  Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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