Kauai police arrest suspect, 40, in connection with brush fire in Hanapepe

  • Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
  • Published: 09/12/2020 05:41 PM

A 40-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a Friday afternoon brush fire that scorched about five acres of land in Hanapepe, Kauai. Kauai police arrested suspect Jeremy Riopta, who has no permanent address, on suspicion of second-degree arson. According to a preliminary investigation, police said several witnesses reported that Riopta allegedly set a mattress on fire near the Salt Pond Beach Park homeless camp. The fire then spread to dried brush in an area known as Burns Field. Firefighters were dispatched just before 12:30 p.m. to fight the blaze, which was deemed under control at 2:15 p.m. and extinguished by 5:30 p.m. They returned around 8 p.m. to put out a hot spot, which was extinguished by 9 p.m.


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