Castlegar man charged with arson
The Castlegar RCMP along with the Castlegar Fire Department have responded to a volume of suspicious fires that are believed to have been deliberately set in Castlegar parks, forested areas, and on one occasion inside the bathroom of a local business, according to Castlegar RCMP NCO/ic Sgt. Monty Taylor. He said in one of these investigations, a 28-year-old Castlegar man has been officially charged in relation to a fire which occurred on June 4, 2023.
“On June 5, a local downtown Castlegar business called RCMP to report wooden pallets behind their business (which) appeared to have been recently burnt,” Taylor said. “In a review of surveillance footage on June 4, a lone suspect, later identified as Riley Jackson, was observed to light the pallet and a piece of cardboard on fire before leaving the fire to burn unattended.
Fortunately, Taylor said, the building was constructed of brick and the fire self-extinguished before spreading further to the pallets or nearby brush. Though damage was minimal, Jackson’s actions posed a great risk to property and the public.
Jackson was subsequently arrested by Castlegar RCMP and released to later appear in Castlegar Court.
“On July 15, 2023 Castlegar RCMP observed Mr. Jackson breaching his bail conditions,” Taylor added. “He was again arrested and brought before the Provincial Courts for a bail hearing. Mr. Jackson was released on bail to next appear July 26, 2023 in the Castlegar Provincial Court.”