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Teens suspected of arson, spray-painting racial slurs in Canyon Lake

CAL Fire/Riverside County Fire Deparment
CAL Fire/Riverside County Fire Deparment
Maggie Avants

Three teenagers believed to be responsible for setting fire to the Canyon Lake Clubhouse and spray-painting racist, vulgar epitaphs in the private gated community near Lake Elsinore were taken into sheriff’s custody Tuesday, a sergeant reported.

At 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, Canyon Lake police were alerted to the mayhem when residents of Cove View Street discovered that black spray paint had been used to vandalize several homes, street signs and vehicles, stated Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Miller, in a news release.

“Painted on some vehicles were racial slurs and vulgar words,” Miller stated. He did not elaborate on the content of the messages.

Simultaneously, as officers were conducting their investigation into the vandalism, CAL Fire/Riverside County fire Investigator Chris Palmer determined that arson was the cause of a small fire at the Canyon Lake Clubhouse, according to the report.

“It was determined the suspects who set the fire at the clubhouse were also responsible for the vandalism on Cove View St.,” Miller stated.

Through the collaborative investigation, authorities identified three juvenile Canyon Lake residents as the suspects—one of whom was being investigated for several other fires set within the last two months, according to the sergeant.

The teens were booked into juvenile hall Tuesday on suspicion of felony vandalism and arson, the report stated.

Authorities asked anyone whom may have additional information related to the incidents to call the Riverside County arson hotline at 800-633-2836, or Canyon Lake police Investigator Josh Parker at 951- 210-1000.