On Friday, June 26, Highland deputies arrested arson registrant Alex Portillo, 27, for igniting a brush fire near the Food 4 Less shopping center on Highland Avenue.

According to a sheriff’s department press release, at approximately 7 a.m. on Friday, deputies responded to Food 4 Less on Highland Avenue for a male transient who started a brush fire near the business.

The reporting party gave a description of the suspect and an area check was conducted. Deputies located the male matching the description walking in the Food 4 Less parking lot.

Deputies contacted the suspect and he fled on foot through the parking lot. Deputies were able to capture the suspect and take him into custody without further incident. The scene of the fire was near by and had stopped burning. The suspect was identified as Alex Portillo, a transient who lives in the nearby wash.

Portillo has a felony no-bail warrant for arson and is an arson registrant. Portillo was arrested for PC-451(d)-Arson and booked into the Central Detention Center.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.