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Colorado River Station

Posted on: May 1, 2021




Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Arson
Station Area:Mesa Verde
Written Date:May 1, 2021Time:10:00 PM
Incident Date:April 30, 2021Time:9:16 AM
Incident Location:Dirt extension of Mesa Dr. and Blythe Way, Mesa Verde,
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Bryan Berryman
File Number(s):A211200013

Daniel Vaca Alvarez


On Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9:16 AM, Colorado River Station deputies responded to a brush fire off the dirt extension of Mesa Dr. and Blythe Way, in the unincorporated area of Mesa Verde. Upon arrival, Deputies located several separate brush and structure fires ablaze. During a check of the area, deputies saw Daniel Vaca Alvarez, 30 years old of Mesa Verde, fleeing the area with a propane blowtorch in hand. After a brief foot pursuit, Alvarez was detained and arrested. Cal-Fire Arson Investigators responded to the scene and took control of the investigation.

Alvarez was booked into the Blythe Jail for multiple counts of Arson of a Structure, Forest Land or Property, Violation of Arson Statutes During a State of Emergency, and Possession of an Incendiary Device.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Showalter at (760) 921-7900 and reference incident #A211120013. Callers can remain anonymous.

Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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

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