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Park Fire Arson Suspect Arrested

On January 22, at 12:45 p.m., the City of Carlsbad Police Department arrested 49-year-old Dawn Ann Crawford for arson relating to the Park Drive fire.

Crawford was arrested with the assistance of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in the 100 block of Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos. Crawford is currently experiencing homelessness.

On January 20, police and fire personnel responded to reports of multiple active fires in the 4000 block of Park Drive.

When officers arrived, they located several fires in brushy and residential areas.

While fire and police personnel, along with numerous mutual aid agencies worked to put out the fires, arson investigators from the Carlsbad Police and Fire Departments, and Oceanside Fire Department began their work to understand the cause of the fires.

Investigators determined the fires to be arson and found evidence that led to Crawford. With this information, officers arrested Crawford for Arson of a Structure and Arson of Property.

Crawford will be booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

The Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Carlsbad for their cooperation during the fire and our mutual aid partners at the Carlsbad Fire Department, Oceanside Fire Department, Encinitas Fire Department, San Marcos Fire Department, San Diego Fire Department, Cal-Fire San Diego, San Diego County Sheriff’s Office and the San Diego Chapter of the American Red Cross for their emergency assistance to the community of Carlsbad and subsequently the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information.

For more information:
Lieutenant Kevin Lehan, 760-931-2166, kevin.lehan@carlsbadca.gov

Police media contact:
Jodee Reyes, Public Information Officer, jodee.reyes@carlabadca.gov

January 22, 2021