[UPDATE] Man Accused of Lighting Six Fires in and Around Ukiah Yesterday Arrested This Morning

Alberto Vincent Acosta

Alberto Vincent Acosta’s booking photo

Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall has confirmed that the individual suspected of lighting six fires in Ukiah on August 12, 2020 has been arrested. According to the booking log, the suspect is named Alberto Vincent Acosta and is being charged with arson of structures, forest land, and arson during a state of emergency.

According to scanner reports, at approximately 7:30 this morning, law enforcement described identifying and detaining an individual that fit the description of the arson suspect– a Hispanic/Native American male with a ponytail–near the Highway 101 and Perkins’ intersection.

Sheriff Kendall said detectives were able to obtain surveillance footage of the suspect lighting one of the six fires and used that to search for him.

UPDATE: Press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

Detectives from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office continued investigations into the late evening hours of 08-12-2020 in regards to the suspected arson fires.

During this time, Detectives interviewed an off-duty Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputy who had been driving in the area of the Talmage Bridge at the approximate time of the fires on Babcock Lane.

The Corrections Deputy noticed the presence of Alberto Acosta near the area of the fire and provided that information along with Acosta’s description to Detectives.

Detectives were able to collect footage from surveillance video systems from residences and businesses near some of the fires.

The observations of the Corrections Deputy and the video systems footage established evidence which prompted Detectives to issue a Be-On-The-Look-Out (BOLO) notification to local law enforcement agencies for Acosta’s arrest.

On 08-13-2020 at approximately 7:00 AM an officer from the Ukiah Police Department was on routine patrol in the area of Perkins Street and South Orchard Avenue when he noticed Acosta walking in the area.  The officer stopped Acosta and he was subsequently released to Sheriff’s Office Detectives.

Acosta was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail on charges of 451(b) PC [Arson of inhabited structure], 451(c) PC [Arson of structure or forest land] and 454(a)(2) PC [Arson during a state of emergency].  Acosta was to be held in lieu of $1,000,000.00 bail.

Sheriff’s Office Detectives have linked Acosta to the 08-12-2020 fires that occurred at the following locations (see attached map/approximate times):

4:56 PM – South Dora Street near Fircrest Drive

4:58 PM – South Dora Street at Bourbon Lane

5:04 PM – Gobalet Lane at South State Street

5:15 PM – Plant Road near Taylor Drive

5:18 PM – End of Airport Park Boulevard

6:14 PM to 6:19 PM – Babcock Lane near Talmage Bridge (4 separate fires)

Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing to ask for the public’s assistance in obtaining security camera footage to assist in this investigation.

If any business/residence has security camera footage of the outside of their business/home depicting the person described in this press release, during the time frame of 4:50 PM to 6:57 PM on 08-12-2020, then please contact the Sheriff’s Office Tipline by calling 707-234-2100.

The areas of interest for security camera footage in Ukiah are:

Luce Avenue to South Dora Street

South Dora Street to Oak Court Road

South State Street to Gobalet Lane

Plant Road

Norgard Lane near the railroad tracks

Airport Park Boulevard

Airport Road

Babcock Lane from Talmage Road to East Gobbi Street

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Ukiah Police Department, California Highway Patrol, County of Mendocino Marijuana Enforcement Team and Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force for their assistance during this investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank CALFIRE, Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, Hopland Fire Department, Redwood Valley Fire Department and Potter Valley Fire Department for their response and fire suppression efforts during this incident.

At this time it appears the fires caused damage to vegetation and the wooden deck of one residence.

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37 comments

  • ILLEGAL ???????

    • Yes, arson carries heavy penalties if you’re caught.

    • Did he do it?

    • Life in prison or death penalty is the only way to deal with someone psycho enough to do what he did . He has no remorse you can see it in his mugshot. Scum bags dont mind jail because its better than there Unproductive disgusting life on the outside. Why would a criminal not do something if there not afraid of there punishment . Bring back cruel and unusual punishment its better to scare people from doing cruel and unusual crimes .

      • JUST BECAUSE A COP PUTS 1 AND 2 THOGHETER DOES NOT PROVE HE DID IT, COPS ARE NOT GODS WHO KNOW FOR FACT WHO DOES WHAT ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT, THERE IS A REASON WHY WE HAVE A CONSTITUTION, TO INVESTIGATE AND THE BE JUDGED IN A COURT OF LAW NOT PUBLIC OPINION, JUST BECAUSE HE IS NOT A GOOD LOOKING MAN DOES NOT MAKE HIM A CRIMINAL AUTHOMATICALY, HE IS NOT AN ILLEGAL THE COP SAID HE IS A NATIVE HISPANIC ONLY HE KNOWS WHAT THAT MENT BY THAT.

        ONLY GOD KNOWS THE HEART OF AN INDIVIDUAL MAN/WOMAN BEFORE THE CRIME, DURING THE CRIME AND AFTER THE CRIME.

      • PLEASE DON’T BE SO THOUGH ON THE POOR GUY HE HAS NOT BEEN JUDGED IN A COURT OF LAW YET, THERE ARE THOUSONDS OF PEOPLE IN JAIL THAT WERE USED US TOOLS AND SCAPE GOATS BY COPS TO MAKE GOOD POINTS WITH THEIR BOSS AND THE COMMUNITY BY CLOSING CASES FAST, BUT WERE INOCENT TO BEGIN WITH, ONLY WEALTHY PEOPLE GET OFF FROM STEPING INSIDE OF A JAILHOUSE BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY GOOD ATTORNEYS.

        MANY FALSLY ACUSED PEOPLE SPEND DECADES IN JAIL, BEFORE THEY FIND OUT THAT THEY WERE NOT THE ONES THAT COMMITED THE CRIME AND FINALY GET RELEASED FROM JAIL, WHO HAS THE POWER TO GIVE THOSE PEOPLE THEIR YOUTH BACK BECAUSE MONEY WILL NEVER GIVE THEM BACK THEIR YOUTH THEY SPEND IN JAIL FOR A CRIME THEY DID NOT COMIT.

        AMERICA HAS BEEN LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SINCE 1871 WE ARE NOT LIVING UNDER COMMON LAW, OR ORGANIC LAW, WE HAVE BEEN LIVING UNDER ADMIRALTY LAW OR THE LAW OF THE SEA, THE LAW USED BY SHIP CAPTAINS WHILE THEY ARE AT SEA, THAT IS WHY INOCENT PEOPLE END UP PAYING MANY TIMES FOR CRIMES COMMITED BY OTHERS. THAT EVEN WHEN THEYGET CAUGHT WITH THE GUN IN THEIR OWN HANDS THEY ARE LET GO BECAUSE OF A TECHNICALITY. BUT THEY HAVE WELL PAYED ATTORNEYS BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE MONEY IT WON’T BE UNTIL TRUMP DECLARES THE LAW OF “”NESARA”” TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PUBLICLY, THAT WE WILL GO BACK TO LIVE UNDER THE REAL CONSTITUTION, THAT IS WHY TRUMP IS PLACING CONSTITUTIONAL JUDGES AT ALL LEVELS OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM TO REPLACE ALL THE CRIMINAL JUDGES , THAT HAVE MISSUSED OUR LEGAL SYSTEM

    • NATIVE FUCKING AMERICAN. Waiting here for your ancestors to disembark.

    • @ Joey Rough … If he is, we’ll have to let him go…he’s only here trying to support his family!!

    • hes Native, he certianly isnt Illegal

  • Thank You Matt for the timely update ,
    Thank god , very scary.
    One fire extremely close to a rental I have. FOUR families all w children.
    Can you imagine ! ?

  • In today, out tomorrow. Hope the Liberals dont let him go right away!

    • They’re not liberals, they’re statists. They long ago abandoned the philosophy of John Locke and the great thinkers of the enlightenment. They’re Stalinist’s.

      • Might want to reread Locke. He had some intense ideas.

        • For example??????

          • Patriot in Willits

            Well, a classically liberal idea that derives from Locke is that we are all born with “natural” rights, including the rights to life and liberty. Locke also said it was the role of government to protect these rights, and if a government failed to do so, the people have the right to overthrow that government and form a more just one. You knew all of that, right?

            • Which is why Jefferson wrote as much in our original promissory note, the Declaration of Independence.

              “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

              “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

            • The only problem we have is that we been treated like slaves for more than 200+ years, not only the black people but everyone of us and our ancestors, and you know what, the American people does not even have a CLUE, as to who are our ENEMIES, WE ARE TALKING DOMESTIC ENEMIES.

              Because Americans do not have enemies outside our borders, OUR DOMESTIC ENEMIES CREATED THEM IN ORDER TO KEEP US IN A STATE OF FEAR, AND UNDER THEIR CONTROL.

              Here is a nation like America with more than 7,000 NUCLEAR WAR HEADS WITHING OUR BORDERS, AND PLENTY OF AIR SUPPORT TO DELIVER, THE REST OF OUR FIRING POWER. and yet we are so AFRAID even of their own shadows, mostly because the largest % are ignorant of who our DOMESTIC ENEMIES ARE, THEY DO NOT EVEN KNOW THAT WE HAVE DOEMSTIC ENEMIES, NOW THEY ARE BEGINING TO NOTICE SOME OF THEM IN OUR GOVERNMENT BUT STILL REFUSE TO BELIEVE THEY COULD BE THAT EVIL.

              While our enemies, here at home divide US in everyway they can think of, to the point that we do not even bother to question why ? and who are the ones truly managing those that we can see as enemies, because they are only the front man criminals, “the tools” our kids are sent to war to protect what they STEAL from weak nations and we Americans, expect for the world to love us and respect us while our kids are in military uniforms, serving as body guards, and hit men to our DOMESTIC ENEMIES.

              Even our houses of worship have been infiltrated by them preaching to us a false doctrine, to keep us away from having a true spiritual relationship with our heavenly father. who we claim to know him yet more than 800,000 children are been kidnaped by our domestic enemies, and use any way they see fit for their own sexual deviance, more than 10’000,000 million children get aborted every year and so called Christians keep on voting criminals into office, that make laws to keep on destroying the family structure.

              more than 300,000 people die every year of natural FLU, which most of those that die are elderly people, and YET THE DOMESTIC ENEMIES GOT THEM IN A STATE OF PANIC, WITH ONLY 150,000 THAT HAVE MADE FALSE CLAIM TO HAVE DIED OF A FALSE PANDEMIC, “”VIRUS””,THAT IS BEEN USED TO DESTROY OUR HOME LAND REPUBLIC ECONOMY.

              BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT THE CORUPT SYSTEM THEY HAD GOING FOR THEM, TO BE DESTROYED BY OUR CONSTITUTIONAL CHOSEN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, THAT IS WHY OUR DOMESTIC EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM CREATED BY OUR DOMESTIC ENEMIES, HAVE DONE INDOCTRINATE OUR KIDS, INTO SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM/FASCISM THOSE ARE THE THREE STEPS TO GET A DICTATOR IN PLACE.

              TO RUN OUR HOME LAND AND IF YOU TELL THEM THE TRUTH THEY HATE YOU, FOR IT BECAUSE OF THE LEVEL OF INDOCTRINATION THAT PEOPLE ARE INTO, TRUMP IS PERMITING WHAT IS GOING ON IN ORDER FOR PEOPLE TO WAKE UP, AND AT THE SAME TIME SET TRAMPS FOR MANY OF OUR DOMESTIC ENEMIES TO COME OUT FROM UNDER THE ROCKS THE HIDE AND EXPOSE THEMSELVES, OTHERWISE HE WOULD BE ACUSED OF BEING A DICTATOR BY FORCING THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH,

              THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WAKE UP BY JUST CALLING THEIR NAME, OTHER PEOPLE NEED TO BE TOUCHED AND YET OTHER PEOPLE NEED TO BE THROWN OUT OF THEIR BEDS IN ORDER TO WAKE UP, THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE STATE OF OREGON, WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA, MINNESOTA, NEW YORK THEY ARE BEEN THROWN OUT OF THEIR OWN BEDS TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.

        • Yeah, this.

          His support of and profiting by slavery, when I found out, was extremely disappointing. All his grand ideas, while grand, only seem to apply to certain…people.

        • I guess to some, the idea of liberty and not being lorded over by an ever powerful government is “intense”.

    • If it’s going to be catch and release, in my opinion, please hold suspected arsonists until the first storm of the season.

  • California! Land of the settim free, home of the you better be packin! Both types

  • I am a progressive and I believe arson should be treated as attempted murder. My blood boils to think that some asshole would purposely put others’ lives and property at risk so randomly.

  • Should be charged with attempted murder

  • It should be automatically a capital crime. It is clearly premeditated murder he was trying to accomplish, not just of human life, but also animal life and decimation of the environment. It should be no bail and no sign of freedom for him ever.

  • That’s a classic “Oogle” or “Crusty Punk” hairdo, but usually the back is dreaded with bottle caps and lighter parts etc..
    Wonder if he’s a Brown antifa.
    Arson like that is absolutely political, regardless of his mental state.

  • Wow you all messed up. Thought this was merikah innocent til proven guilty? How the hell do u think he started 9 fires which were miles apart?
    Yea my son has mental problems but this is not his M.O!! Funny cause they gave my son 1,000,000 bail but they jus arrested a white woman for same shit and her bail only 100,000? Tf??

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