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Tuesday June 12th, 2018 :: 10:11 a.m. PDT

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Suspect Arrested After Arson at Cypress Elementary School in Newbury Park #sheriffvc

Nature of Incident: Structure Fire – Cypress Elementary School
Report Number: 18-90053
Location: 4200 W Kimber Drive, Newbury Park
Date & Time: June 11, 2018 -  7:09 AM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department, Sheriff’s Arson Unit, and Ventura County Fire Department Arson Unit
 
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age
(V) Cypress Elementary School
(S) Male Juvenile
 
Newbury Park
 
12
 
Narrative:
 
On June 11, 2018, at about 7:09 a.m., the Ventura County Fire Department received a call of a fire alarm sounding at Cypress Elementary School in the 4200 block of Kimber Drive in Thousand Oaks.  Fire Department personnel responded and observed smoke coming from the roof of the auditorium.  As the fire was being extinguished, and due to the suspicious nature of the fire, firefighters requested the assistance of deputies and school resource officers from the Thousand Oaks Police Department as well as arson investigators.  The fire was determined to be caused by arson.  A male juvenile was later located and arrested for felony arson.

Arson investigators with both the Ventura County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office responded to the location and conducted an investigation.  A 6 foot by 6 foot section of the school auditorium roof was damaged by the fire.  The total damage caused by the fire is estimated to be in excess of $10,000.

After further investigation, a male juvenile was identified as a suspect and was located.  The juvenile was arrested and taken to the Thousand Oaks Patrol Station.  The juvenile was released on a citation to a parent.
 
Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Detective Greg Delarosa at (805) 383-8743 or Ventura County Fire Department Investigator Christine Saqui at (805) 384-4774. 
 
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Timothy Lohman  
Media Release Date: June 12, 2018  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Timothy Lohman - (805) 947-8255
tim.lohman@ventura.org
 
 
Approved by: Captain Don Aguilar  
           
 
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
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