CALIPATRIA — Imperial County Sheriff's Office deputies booked three teen-age boys into juvenile hall on suspicion of arson after they allegedly set vegetation on fire at two locations south of here Wednesday.
Traveling south on Highway 111 near Yocum Road on his way to work, off-duty sheriff's deputy Peter Fuentes observed three male juveniles at a fire near an abandoned structure around 3:30 p.m., said sheriff's Sgt. Pompeyo Tabarez.
When Fuentes, also a reserve firefighter with the Calipatria Fire Department, stopped to talk to the boys, they ran, Tabarez said.
An off-duty U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service officer observed one of the suspects running past his residence and tipped officials to his location, resulting in the suspect's apprehension, Calipatria Fire Chief Chris Hall said.