Transient Arrested for Homeless Camp Brush Fire
(Photo by Jamie C.)
A 37-year-old transient was arrested for allegedly starting a brush fire in a homeless camp along Highway 101 near the Bird Refuge on Thursday.
The Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) arrested Jason Adams on Thursday evening charging him arson and assault of a police officer.
An SBPD officer was conducting a traffic stop when he noticed the fire and informed dispatch. According to the police, the officer saw Adams allegedly consuming alcohol and watching a homeless encampment burn. The officer questioned Adams but he stated he did not start it. At some point a struggle took place between Adams and the officer over the alcohol where the officer was punched in the face, accord to KEYT News.
The Santa Barbara Police Department says one officer was on a traffic stop when he saw the fire and called it in to dispatch. The officer walked around the scene of the fire, according to police, and found Adams apparently consuming alcohol and sitting watching the homeless encampment burn. Police say no one else was around the scene at the time.
At one point, authorities say, the officer questioned Adams about the fire but said he didn't start it. Soon after, a struggle happened between Adams and the officer over the alcohol, police say. The officer got punched in the face but besides complaining of some minor pain, the police department insists the officer was not injured.
Adams was eventually arrested and charged.
Brush fire in a homeless camp along Highway 101 at Milpas in the southbound lane area.
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