SACRAMENTO, CA - A man was arrested Wednesday in connection to several arsons, including a fire at a school playground.
Douglas Russell, 37, is accused of setting ablaze debris and personal property at the YPS Academy School; a trash can and a bench at Parkway Oaks Park and a playground at John Sloat Elementary School, Sacramento City Fire Department Assistant Chief Niko King said.
Investigators interviewed Russell on Aug. 9 in connection to a fire at YPS Academy School on July 25 after obtaining surveillance video connecting him to the scene. During the interview, Russell gave investigators details about setting the fire to personal property and debris at the school.
King said Russell was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Main Jail for one felony count of arson of property the same day. He posted bail two days later and was released from jail.
On Aug. 14, Russell was re-interviewed by investigators in connection arsons at Parkway Oaks Park on July 23 and at John Sloat Elementary School on July 31. King said Russell was again able to provide intimate details about each fire.
On Wednesday, fire investigators, working with Sacramento police officers, served an arrest warrant to Russell and took him into custody, King said.
Russell was booked into Sacramento County Jail again, but this time for two felony counts of property arson.