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Two suspects spotted in arson incidents on campus

Sac State Police Department confirms both suspects at scene of the fires
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Alyssa Branum
Sacramento State Police Department released a timely warning notice today after the arsons committed Sunday, Feb. 11, around 9:45 pm. Sac State PD apprehended the suspects Wednesday, Feb. 14.(Graphic created in Canva by Analah Wallace)

The Sacramento State Police Department issued a timely warning notice this morning about two separate on-campus arson incidents that occurred Sunday night. As of Feb. 14, the suspects have been apprehended.

The suspects were spotted around 9:44 p.m. igniting an article of clothing beneath a bench located near the Hornet Bookstore and the University Union. Minutes later, the suspects were seen lighting an unknown object on fire inside a trash can at the State University Drive bus stop beside the bookstore.

They fled the scene on foot in the direction of the American River levee and Alumni Grove.

RELATED: Suspect arrested for vandalism and on-campus arson

The suspects were identified by Cal Fire as 23-year-old Brandon Reyes-Rodriguez and 26-year-old Miguel Ortiz. According to the department, both were arrested near campus but neither suspect is associated with Sac State.

In the notice, the police department confirmed that CalFire are still investigating both incidents. The suspects are currently booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Sac State Police Chief Chet Madison sent the following statement to The State Hornet:

As always, the safety of our campus is a priority. The Sacramento State Police Department is seeking our community’s assistance with identifying the suspects captured in our recent timely warning notification that went out today. If anyone has information, we ask that they reach out to us at 916-278-6000.

Editors note: This article has been updated with new information after the suspects were arrested. Additional info courtesy of the Sacramento State Police Department. 

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  Alexander Musa is a senior journalism major who transferred into Sacramento State from American River College back in 2023. Previously a staff writer, editor, and designer for the American River Current, he joined The State Hornet this semester as he seeks to graduate with a bachelor's degree by spring of next year.
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