FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 18CF0943

Date: April 6, 2018

SERIAL ARSONIST CHARGED WITH SETTING SIX FIRES IN MISSION VIEJO

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A serial arsonist was charged today with setting six fires in Mission Viejo.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Jack Frye, 19, Lake Forest

Charged on April 6, 2018, with the following felony counts:

  • (6) Arson
  • (2) Attempted arson
  • Attempted second degree burglary

11 years and eight months in state prison

Arraignment

 

April 6, 2018, time to be determined

 

Department CJ-1, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • At the time of the crime, the defendant was a former student of Mission Viejo High School (MVHS).
  • Between March 28, 2018, and April 4, 2018, Frye is accused of lighting multiple fires at MVHS and one fire at the Kaleidoscope shopping center in Mission Viejo.
  • On March 30, 2018, the defendant is accused of unlawfully attempting to enter MVHS and attempting to set fire to a structure on campus.
  • On April 4, 2018, the defendant is further accused of attempting to light a van on fire near MVHS. Undercover investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) located Frye and arrested him at the scene.
  • OCSD and Orange County Fire Authority investigated this case.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Kirk, Special Prosecutions Unit

 



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