Man suspected of setting fires in Riverside

RIVERSIDE – A homeless man suspected of igniting a fire at a Riverside apartment complex and perpetrating other acts of arson was arrested today.

Daniel John Moreno, 32, was booked into the Robert Presley Jail on suspicion of arson and vandalism, with bail set at $25,000.

According to the Riverside Fire Department, crews were sent to 3990 Reynolds Road, near County Farm Road, about 3:30 a.m. in response to calls of a person in medical distress. However, moments after arriving at the apartment building, first responders realized that a fire was underway and deployed to suppress it.

No one was injured. The extent of damage to the property was not specified.

Fire Capt. Ray Mendoza said police officers detained Moreno at the scene, and after a member of the fire department’s arson unit questioned him, the suspect was taken into custody without incident for allegedly setting the blaze.

Mendoza said that during Moreno’s interrogation, he allegedly confessed to lighting five other fires in the area. A possible motive was not disclosed.

The dates and locations of the other alleged acts of arson:
— 10281 Kidd St., July 24;
— 9707 Magnolia Ave., 2:50 a.m., Aug. 12;
— 3950 Magnolia, 7:20 p.m., Aug. 12;
— 9707 Magnolia, 5 a.m., Aug. 13; and
— 9741 Magnolia, 10:15 a.m., Aug. 13.
No injuries were associated with any of the fires, and investigators did not disclose the level of damage to the properties that were targeted.

Anyone with information about the offenses was asked to contact Mendoza at rbmendoza@riversideca.gov .

According to court records, Moreno has a prior misdemeanor conviction for trespassing.

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