Arcata Police Department press release:
On 10/21/2018 at about 1:05pm, officers with the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to the Intermodal Transit Facility (ITF), 925 E Street, on the report of a fire at that location.
It was determined that an unknown subject had lit someone’s personal property on fire that had been leaning against the public building. Given that an uninvolved persons property was ignited and damage was sustained to the building, it was determined that an arson had occurred and an investigation was initiated. An investigator viewed video surveillance at the transit facility and Arcata resident Brandon Jay Childers (age 28) was identified as the suspect.
On 10/22/2018 at about 3:50pm, officers were dispatched to ITF on the report that the suspect was back at the scene of the fire. Childers was located a short distance away and taken into custody for the act of arson.
Childers was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked and lodged for PC 451(d) - Arson.