MORENO VALLEY: Man accused of arson to be released on bail

A 19-year-old man who allegedly ignited several fires near a Moreno Valley intersection will be released from jail under conditions established by the court, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Isaiah Hubert Whitmore of Moreno Valley was arrested the morning of May 23 and pleaded not guilty two days later to five counts of arson.

Superior Court Judge Samuel Diaz set the defendant’s bail at $175,000, but his public defender, Mohammed Qazi, argued today that his client was not a threat to the community or a flight risk and should be released on his own recognizance.

Diaz agreed but ordered that Whitmore be placed on “supervised” O.R., meaning he will be monitored by a probation officer, to whom he will have to periodically report.

The judge scheduled a felony settlement conference for June 6 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Whitmore was expected to be freed from custody by Wednesday. He is being held at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

Early on the morning of May 23, crews were called to the area of Brodiaea Avenue and Perris Boulevard, where multiple spot fires were burning.

Within minutes, firefighters knocked down each blaze and soon after determined they had been intentionally set.

Whitmore was identified as the alleged source and was arrested without incident about 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Brodiaea and Kitching Street, according to investigators.

He has no prior documented felony convictions. Information about possible juvenile convictions was not available.

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