Should a Suspected Serial Arsonist in the Devastating Clayton Fire Have Been Arrested Sooner?
A structure burned in Lower Lake near Main Street during the Clayton Fire last August. [Photo by Matthew Henderson–for more of his dramatic photos follow him on Facebook.]
With 16 fires set in Lake County over two years, investigators suspected they had a serial arsonist. They were watching a suspect so closely, they actually called in a fire allegedly set by him to local firefighters less than a week prior to the devastating Clayton Fire that destroyed hundreds of buildings and burned thousands of acres. They believed they knew the culprit but they waited to arrest him until they had an airtight case.
Victims of the devastating Clayton Fire say they waited much too long.
An article in yesterday’s Sacramento Bee delves deep into the investigation,
…It was the second time in three days that they had radioed in a fire Pashilk allegedly had set.
After those fires, a prosecutor was readying a search warrant in anticipation of arresting Pashilk, but state arson investigators didn’t put him in cuffs until two days after the devastating Clayton Fire erupted.
Do you think the investigators should have nabbed the suspect sooner? Read the article here and then give us your opinion below.