SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A U.C. Santa Cruz Student, Ryan Recalde, 18, was arrested Saturday after he allegedly burned posters on the third floor of F building inside of Oakes College on Thursday, according to U.C. Santa Cruz Police.
In a press release police chief Nader Oweis said: "our investigation is still ongoing, and we urge anyone with information to come forward and assist us with identifying who is responsible for intentionally setting fire to posters and fliers posted on the residential hall walls or bulletin boards on the second floor of Oakes College, G Building (Wiesel House)."
Recalde was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail this morning.
A series of fires started on the campus of UC Santa Cruz has prompted University Police to investigate what they're calling "dangerous acts of arson."
According to campus police, a fire was set early Friday morning and the way the fire was started is similar to several other fires earlier this month. Since November 1, multiple fires were set at Oakes College and the department is asking for the publics help identifying who's responsible. Police said someone is intentionally setting fire to posters and fliers posted on the residential hall walls or bulletin boards on the second floor of Oakes College, Building G (Wiesel House).
The incidents include:
- two fliers posted on the second floor that were burned at 3 p.m. on Nov. 1.
- a flier and a poster on the second floor were found burned on Nov. 12. This caused the wall to be scorched and is believed to have happened between 5 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2017 and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2017.
- three posters and fliers posted to the second floor residential hall walls or bulletin boards were burned on November 16, 2017, between 8:50 p.m. and 9:05 p.m.
- a flier on the second floor was set on fire and burned at 1 a.m. this morning.
Each of the G Building fires were put out by residents or bystanders.
Investigators also noticed the door sign to Oakes College F Building had been burned but police don't know when.
"We have taken three arson cases at Oakes College, which combined could constitute eight counts of felony arson. Seven of the incidents have occurred on the second floor of the G building (Wiesel House)," said UC Santa Cruz Police Chief, Nader Oweis. "While seriously troubling, there is not enough evidence at this point to determine whether these incidents of arson constitute hate crimes. Regardless, the health and safety of our students has been put at risk."
Anyone with information regarding the crime can call UC Santa Cruz Police at 831-459-2231, ext. 1