Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Forest Service arrests suspected arsonist in Idyllwild

On Monday, Sept. 20, around 7 p.m., the Forest Service arrested Shawn Lee Westwood, 41, no known residence address, for suspected arson. Idyllwild Fire Department, Forest Service and CalFire all responded to a brushfire incident near Jameson Drive's intersection with Highway 243.

In the course of putting out a small vegetation fire, responders noticed what appeared to be a temporary camp that Westwood had built. Westwood was arrested, charged with suspected arson on a non-dwelling, and is presently at Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta pending a Sept. 23 court date.

Bail was set at $32,500.

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