Yucaipa Man Charged with ARSON



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SEE Press Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bAq-zxvAio


San Bernardino, California,  August 7, 2017____ A press conference was  held today at 11:00 A.M. at the San Bernardino County District Attorney Office, 303 W. 3rd Street,  at the first floor Media Room. District Attorney Mike Ramos and members of the San Bernardino County Arson Task Force were present. The purpose of the press conference was to announce the filing of multiple Arson-related charges. 

 San Bernardino County Officials were: District Attorney Mike Ramos, Sheriff John McMahon, Supervisor James Ramos, Fire Chief Mark Hartwig, Cal Fire Matt Franklin, USFS Jaime Gamboa, and City of San Bernardino Police Captain Ray King.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A 23-year-old Yucaipa man was charged today with several felony counts of arson in connection with multiple fires that burned over 900 acres and seriously injured one firefighter.

Jarrod Samara was charged with one count of Arson Causing Great Bodily Injury and eight counts of Arson of a Structure of Forest. Click here to download a copy of the complaint and click here to download a fact sheet.

If convicted as charged, Samara faces 19 years in State Prison.


This arsonist will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” District Attorney Michael Ramos said. “The history of fires in our county and the destruction they have caused to human life and property is absolutely tragic. Thankfully, through the investigative work of our law enforcement and public safety partners, we were able to stop this individual and prevent any future destruction or potential loss of life.


Samara was arrested Thursday August 3rd (See: http://www.bigbearlake.net/ETNews/ARSON-ARREST- , after San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies responding to reports of a vegetation fire on State Route 38, observed a vehicle in the area where the fire originated and made contact with the vehicle. The driver was identified as Jarrod Samara. After further investigation, Samara was arrested.

“Using investigative tools and gathering evidence led the Task Force to identifying Jarrod Samara as the suspect responsible for at least 8 fires,” Sheriff John McMahon said.  “This is a perfect example of public safety agencies working together to keep our communities safe.”  

Samara is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon at 1:00 P.M. at the San Bernardino Justice Center in Dept. S-8. This case is a culmination of a Multi-agency Arson Task Force involving the San Bernardino County District Attorney Office, San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, San Bernardino County Fire, Cal Fire, United States Forest Service, and the San Bernardino Police Department.

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“San Bernardino County Fire takes arson personally due to the extreme threat to the citizens we serve and the firefighters who put themselves between the fire and communities they protect,” Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said. “Catching and convicting these criminals is a high priority.”