On 11-1-09 at approximately 0235 hours, the Chula Vista Fire Department was enroute to a 1st alarm structure fire at an apartment complex located at 1065 Granjas Rd, Chula Vista. The structure is multi-unit, two story apartment. Chula Vista Fire Department personnel requested the assistance of police at the fire scene. Police officers were first on scene at about 0238 hours; and saw a first floor apartment on fire and a subject running into the upstairs apartment.
The subjected exited and returned inside the same upstairs apartment. A bystander told police the subject did not live in the apartment complex and had possibly broken into the apartment and/or set the fire. The subject again exited and police attempted to detain the him for questioning. The subject resisted officer commands and was taken into custody with the use of a taser to safely gain his compliance.
Prior to the fire, this same subject was seen jumping over a fence, gaining access to the apartment complex. The subject was also seen looking on patios and into vehicles in the parking lot.
There were three separate areas of fire origin in different locations of the apartment complex. The separate fires were investigated, in partnership, by fire and police investigators. The fires were ruled as incendiary in nature (intentionally set). Physical evidence and suspect statements directly link the suspect to the fires.
The suspect, Daniel Behrens (DOB: 2-27-86) was booked into San Diego County Jail for arson to an inhabited structure, attempted arson, possession of an incendiary device, prowling, trespass and resisting/delaying officers. Bail was set by a judge at $1,000,000 (one million dollars).
This investigation remains on-going.
An arrest itself is not evidence that the defendant committed the crimes charged. The defendant is presumed innocent until the Government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Police Public Information Office