The following is a press released issued by the Fort Bragg Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 03/26/2021, at approximately 8:53 a.m., Officers responded to the report a structure fire in the 300 Block of N. Harbor Drive. Officers were on scene within two minutes and assisted alongside the Fort Bragg Fire Department Chief with evacuating the occupants and their pets. The Fire Department was able to successfully extinguish the fire allowing it to only cause minor damage to the exterior of the building.
An initial investigation by the Fort Bragg Fire Department revealed that the fire was intentionally set. An Arson Inspector from CalFire responded and confirmed that the incident was arson.
At approximately 6:24 p.m., Officers responded to the 300 Block of Perkins Street for the report of a prowler in the area. Officers checked the area and located a suspect on the railroad tracks near Rose Memorial Cemetery matching the description. The suspect was later identified as Robert Fielden and he immediately fled on foot when contacted by the Officer.
The Officer lost sight of Fielden but continued the pursuit eastbound on the railroad tracks in an attempt to locate him. While checking the area, the Officer located a freshly started brush fire with one citizen arriving to attempt to extinguish. Officers assisted in the extinguishing of the fire until the Fire Department arrived on scene, before continued eastbound in the search for Fielden.
Officers were able to coordinate a perimeter and apprehend Fielden concealed in the wooded area east of the 600 Block of N. Harold Street. Fielden was taken into custody without incident and found to be in possession of butane torches, methamphetamine, and paraphernalia.
With Fielden in custody, Officers contacted the original reporting party for the prowler and learned that Fielden had been observed on their property via surveillance video. An investigation at that residence revelaed evidence indicating that FIelden had attempted to intentionally set that residence on fire in a similar manner to the fire from 300 N. Harbor Drive.
The Fort Bragg police Department requested and was granted an increased bail for Fielden and he remains incarcerated at the Mendocino County Jail. The Police Department is now asking the public and businesses within the City to review surveillance video for 03/26/2021 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in an attempt to identify Fielden’s location. A video has been added to the Fort Bragg Police Department’s Facebook page showing the clothing Fielden was wearing at the time of the suspected incidents.
If you have any additional information related to this incident please contact Officer McHugh at 707-961-2800 ext. 167 or at email@example.com. If you locate potentially physical evidence related to this investigation contact our non-emergency dispatch at (707) 964-0200.
Thanks for your coverage on this. Can you please sign me up to receive your posts? I am a Valley Fire survivor now in the Kelseyville Riviera area of Lake County. I am a regular listener and admirer of KZYX coverages. I hear you on the air there. I am a community organizer for fire / disaster preparedness and related issues. Was this arsonist actually caught? I see that he is from Clearlake and I want to be aware of his status and case.
Are there any other sites that you recommend that I also monitor to best be aware of Mendo / Lake issues?
Hi Bart, The Mendo Voice, Ukiah Daily Journal and Red Headed Blackbelt are news publications that I like to read.
I’ve known Rob for many years and he is a good dude.