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Crime Briefs

MVPD arrests Fremont fire suspect

A woman accused of starting a 5-acre fire with a flare gun in the East Bay was arrested in Mountain View last week, according a statement released Monday.

Fremont police sought the arrest of the 43-year-old woman after she was suspected of starting a vegetation fire in the hills east of Mission Boulevard on Sunday, June 23. Witnesses described how she got into an argument with a man and, as the altercation escalated, fired a flare out of a modified pellet gun at him.

The flare missed the victim, but landed in dry brush and sparked a brush fire. Thirty people were evacuated from about a dozen residences and structures close to the fire, which grew to 5 acres before it was contained after three hours. No one was injured in the blaze.

The woman fled the area on foot, heading towards the hills, and could not be located, according to the statement. Police officers found what they called a "modified flare gun" at the scene.

Fremont police received a signed warrant for the arrest of the woman on June 24 for assault with a deadly weapon, unlawfully causing a fire of a structure or forest land and corporal injury to a person from a prior dating relationship, police said in the statement.

Mountain View police encountered the woman around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, when she was reportedly seen staggering out into the street near Middlefield Road and N. Whisman Road. An officer pulled over to talk to assist the woman after she was nearly hit by a passing car, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

Police later discovered the woman, identified as Christina Haller, had a warrant for her arrest in connection to the fire and assault. She was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County and was arraigned July 2 on a felony charge of recklessly causing a fire.

Man found with $1K stolen speakers

A 49-year-old man was arrested last week after police found him with speakers valued at more than $1,000 that were reported stolen.

Officers found the man, a transient, on the 1000 block of San Rafael Avenue in the Terra Bella area around 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25. The man was reportedly sitting on the ground with his belongings and garbage strewn about, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

Among the things on the ground were several speakers still boxed up, which the man told police he found in a dumpster. Officers examined the boxes and determined they had been stolen, Nelson said.

The man was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property, misappropriation of lost property and resisting arrest. The man allegedly tried to walk away when officers told him the speakers were stolen.

—Kevin Forestieri

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