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Temecula man charged in series of arson fires

Cranston fire among those set


Last updated 7/27/2018 at 11:51am

Shane Gibson

The remains of a structure burns near Mountain Center during day two of the Cranston Fire on Mt San Jacinto, July 26.

A Temecula man was charged with intentionally setting nine fires, including the Cranston fire which has charred 11,500 acres and destroyed five homes in the Mountain Center/Idyllwild area, today.

Brandon N. McGlover, 32, was charged by the Riverside County District Attorney's Office with 15 felony counts relating to the nine separate fires. Charges include, one count of aggravated arson, five counts of arson of an inhabited structure, and nine counts of arson of forest or wildland. If convicted of all charges, he faces a potential life sentence.

McGlover is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

Shane Gibson

Structures burn near Mountain Center during day two of the Cranston Fire on Mt San Jacinto, July 26.

McGlover, who was arrested July 25, in the area of State Street and Old Newport Road in Hemet, is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today in Dept. S204 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

McGlover was arrested after a series of fires believed to have been intentionally set broke out in Southwest Riverside County, July 25.

According to a press release issued by the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, information about a possible arson suspect was developed by arson investigators with the CalFire/Riverside County Fire Department. Members of the Hemet/San Jacinto Gang Task Force located and detained McGlover and he was arrested by arson investigators without incident.

The largest arson fire McGlover is charged with setting is the Cranston Fire. The Cranston fire, which is one of nine McGlover allegedly set, is only about three percent contained. The other 8 fires were all reported in the Idyllwild, Anza, and Sage areas.


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