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Fort Bragg Man in County Jail Accused of Arson at Westport Campground

Campsite 25 with the scorched camper and vehicle [Picture provided by Loren M. Rex, the Chief Ranger for the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District]

A Fort Bragg man is now booked in the Mendocino County Jail for arson after purportedly lighting a car and camper on fire at at Westport-Union Landing State Beach’s Abalone Point Campground in the early morning of September 3, 2021.

The vehicle and camper engulfed in flames [Picture provided by a camper who was there]

Loren M. Rex, the Chief Ranger for the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District, told us State Parks Rangers were dispatched to Abalone Point around midnight “regarding a male subject that had lit a car on fire and was threatening to light more things on fire.” There, officers detained and arrested 35-year-old Fort Bragg resident Jeremiah Ernest Susan and then transported him to the county jail.

Ranger Rex said the victim of the crime was on scene during the incident and transported to a friends house after law enforcement conducted the preliminary investigations.

Jeremiah Ernest Susan [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

When asked whether Susan’s behaviors could have been a manifestation of mental illness, Ranger Rex said statements made at the scene indicated the fires were intentional and not a result of a mental disturbance.

The MCSO Booking Logs stated Susan was arrested for arson of property, amount of defacement/damage/destruction of $400 or more, and threaten crime with intent to terrorize.

The vehicle and camper engulfed in flames [Picture provided by a camper who was there]

Ranger Rex told us State Parks staff were processing evidence and coordinating with a CAL FIRE Prevention Officer yesterday to complete the arson investigation.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene, Ranger Rex explained, including Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Westport Volunteer Fire Department, and Cal Fire.

With due respect to the potential victim of the circumstances described, it must be stated that the charges contained in the booking log have not been proven in a court of law. In accordance with the legal principle of the presumption of innocence, any individual described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.



  1. NOT a mental health issue?!?!?!?!? This is a crazy dude, acting with murderous intent and vicious aforethought. He needs to be locked up. Our communities are suffering enough at the hands of unbalanced and seriously disturbed people.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Paying it By Ears: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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