Male subject sets motorhome on fire near Olancha

Inyo Sheriff’s Office news release

Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received notification on Sunday at approximately 6:00pm received of a motorhome/brush fire west of Olancha at the base of the foothills.

Members of Olancha Volunteer Fire Department, US Forest Service, and Cal Fire responded to the area and located a fire burning near a new motorhome.  While attempting to extinguish the fire, a male subject exited the motorhome and assaulted a firefighter.

Law enforcement was dispatched to the area, and the subject barricaded himself inside the motorhome.  The area was evacuated and law enforcement surveilled through the night.

On Monday, Sheriff’s Investigators obtained a search warrant for the motorhome.

The Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail (consisting of Inyo Sheriff, Bishop Police, Mono Sheriff and Olancha medics) responded to the area to serve the warrant.

Upon arrival of the SED Team, the subject once again barricaded himself inside the motorhome.

After approximately 30 minutes of trying to get the subject to come out of the motorhome, the subject set the motorhome on fire. The motorhome was fully engulfed within minutes and the subject eventually exited the motorhome and took off on foot.

After a brief foot pursuit, the subject was captured and transported to an awaiting ambulance.

Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are conducting the arson investigation for the wildland fire and an Arson Investigator has been requested to determine the cause and origin of the motorhome fire.

The suspect has not been positively identified yet and further information will be released when his identity has been confirmed.  The suspect was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital and was flown out of the area to a burn center for injuries sustained.


12 Responses to Male subject sets motorhome on fire near Olancha

  1. Teresa McFarland October 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

    Human dignity prompts me to reserve judgement until all of the facts are known. I would hope that others would do the same for me.

  2. Maddawg October 17, 2017 at 8:09 am #

    Aren’t the good citizens of bishop blessed with the likes of this wonderful angel of a man !!!

  3. Dpblue October 12, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

    I agree Almost Native, it’s always hang em high here. Perhaps he is mentally ill and didn’t know he was attacking a fireman. He’s obviously disturbed in some way, let’s let the court decide his fate.

    • BobM October 13, 2017 at 10:53 am #

      Yes mental illness. Judges and courts have been failing these poor souls for decades.

    • Rick O'Brien October 13, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

      If he was burned that bad , more than likely, he won’t make it till Halloween and then a higher authority will decide his fate.

  4. Almost Native October 12, 2017 at 7:35 am #

    One more example of guilty by Press Release in Inyo County. A little sympathy for a guy that just got fried and mailed off to the burn ward folks.

    • Tinner October 12, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

      No, who the heck assaults a firefighter? Oh wait, I know the answer, A TWEAKER.
      I have more sympathy for the motorhome.

      • Low-Inyo October 13, 2017 at 7:41 am #

        Tinner….a good bet your correct on this one here….with me,the thing I’m noticing when I check the ICSO site listing arrests and charges,besides the tweeker arrests,are what seems to be a LOT of domestic violence incidents lately…and seems most of the time the same faces going along with those arrests and charges…

  5. Roy Mayhugh October 12, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    Any one have a name on this guy?

  6. T-rex October 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    How much METH was he trying to cook up in that motor home?

  7. Tinner October 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

    Gee, ya think there was some drugs in that motorhome?
    They don’t get any smarter than this, folks.

  8. Right on October 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm #



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