Cal Fire law enforcement officers today arrested a Tracy man in connection with the setting of multiple woodland fires this year in Contra Costa County, an agency spokesman said. Pimentel Xavier, 38, was arrested on suspicion of arson for allegedly starting the fires in an unincorporated area in the eastern part of the county, Cal Fire Division Chief Jim Crawford said. Xavier allegedly set at least two fires this year that blackened woodland areas of the county but did not damage any structures, Crawford said.
The suspect was booked into a county detention facility and the case will be handled by the district attorney’s office, Crawford said. Agencies that assisted Cal Fire in the investigation that led to Xavier’s arrest included the county fire department, the east county fire protection district, the sheriff’s department, district attorney’s office, the Brentwood and Tracy police departments and the California Highway Patrol, Crawford said.
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