Trump is going to tweet up a storm over this---but is the report accurate?
The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) issued a detainer request on the Sonoma County Jail for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson in Wine Country fires that have
killed at least 40 residents, reports Breitbart.
Gonzalez was observed around 3:00 p.m. PDT wearing a trench coat and walking “out of the creek area and a plume of smoke behind him,” according to The Santa Rosa PressDemocrat.
Gonzalez, who is homeless and reportedly known by law enforcement to have been living under a nearby bridge, claimed he was cold and had lit the fire to stay warm, according to The PressDemocrat..
Gonzalez was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for suspicion of felony arson. His bail was set at a steep $110,000, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff Public Information Officer.
But, The Sacremento Bee reports:
The arrest of a 29-year-old Latino man this weekend on suspicion of starting a small fire in California’s scorched wine country ignited a firestorm of its own on right-wing media sites whose articles linked him – without evidence – to the catastrophic fires that have killed at least 28 people in the area.According to Sac Bee, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat story does not link Gonzalez to any of the fires that broke out in the middle of the night on Oct. 8, some of them hours away in Mendocino and Yuba counties.
Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano forcefully shot down the allegations at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
“There is a story out there that he’s the arsonist in these fires,” Giordano said. “That’s not the case. There’s no indication he’s related to these fires at all. ... I wanted to kill that speculation right now, so we didn’t have things running too far out of control.”
The Gonzalez fire was so small a responding sheriff’s deputy was able to mostly put it out before firefighters arrived, according to the Press Democrat.