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Deputies Arrest Suspect for Arson Related to ''Foothill'' Brush Fire
9/30/2014 1:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Suspect Arrested for Arson Related to 'Foothill' Brush Fire

Report Number:



7500 block of Foothill Rd., Ventura

Date & Time:

9/29/14 1:50 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Headquarters Station Patrol

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Smith, Garrett




Headquarters Station patrol deputies detained a subject fleeing the scene where a nearby brush fire started in an unincorporated area east of the city of Ventura.  After further investigation, the subject was arrested for arson and prowling.


At about 1:15 p.m. a brush fire was reported in the hills north in Harmon Canyon about one mile north of Foothill Rd.  Deputies quickly arrived on scene and received information from a citizen in the area of a subject near the origin of the brush fire.  Deputies observed a subject, later identified as Garrett Smith, running from the area of the fire.  They detained Smith in the 7500 block of Foothill Rd. and pursued an investigation as a possible arson. 


A Ventura County Fire Department Arson Investigator assisted deputies with the arson investigation.  Smith was subsequently arrested for arson and prowling.  He was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility with bail set at $60,000.


The Ventura County Fire Department reported the brush fire burned less than 50 acres and about 150 firefighters fought the blaze.  Other agencies responding to the fire included Ventura City Fire Department, CAL FIRE, Los Angeles County Fire Department, the U.S. Forest Service, Ventura Police Department, and California Highway Patrol.  Firefighters worked overnight and continue mop-up work as of late Tuesday morning. 


Prepared by:

Captain Don Aguilar


Media Release Date:

September 30, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349


Approved by:

Captain Patti Salas



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).