Posted: 10:40 p.m.
Brawley police arrested 20-year-old Fernando Garcia Thursday on suspicion of arson.
According to Brawley police, Garcia started the seven fires in trash bins all around the city.
"We had three consecutive fires within a 15-minute period--about 1:55 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. The fire department responded and quickly put those out," said Brawley Chief of Police Mark Gillmore.
But a few hours later, there was another round of fires in different alleyways.
Wednesday's fires come in light of the recent arsons of downtown structures where four teens have been arrested and charged, leaving police questioning whether Garcia was also involved in those arsons.
Brawley police and the El Centro office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are investigating whether these arsons are all connected.
"It's very disheartening. I'm surprised at the magnitude of destruction that these children are imposing upon our community. The last arrest, yesterday evening, was an adult, a 20-year-old male," Gillmore said."
Gillmore told News 11 that surveillance video near one of the locations helped identify Garcia, and police then arrested him Thursday after spotting him riding a bike in Brawley.
"From the end of 2012 to the present, we've had more arson fires in this city's history; and as far as I know, the history of Imperial County," Gillmore said.
He added that some fences, power poles and trees were burned, but there was no major damage.
However, Gillmore said Wednesday's crimes come as an expense on the city's resources and personnel who responded to the arsons.
If you have any information, you are asked to call detectives at the Brawley Police Department at (760) 351-7777.