Man charged with arson for starting Oakland Hills fire

Alfredo Bautista (Alameda County Sheriff)

OAKLAND (KRON) — A suspect has been arrested for allegedly starting the Oakland Hils fire along Grizzly Peak last week, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.

University of Berkeley Police arrested Alfredo Bautista, 24, for alleged arson and other assault related charges.

The Concord is also facing charges relating to a road rage incident that happened shortly before the fire.

Court documents claim Bautista followed another car, rammed it several times, pointed a fun at the other driver and then took off.

Later that day, UC Berkeley police arrested him for trying to steal a car.

Police say Bautista admitted to starting the fire using his cigarette lighter. He also allegedly admitted to starting several other fires.

The fire was first reported on August 2 at around 1 p.m. at Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Centennial Road above University of California Botanical Gardens.

The blaze, which scorched about 20-acres, was deemed fully contained as of 10 a.m. Monday, the Oakland Fire Department said.

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