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The following article was posted on September 18th, 2019, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 20, Issue 27 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 20, Issue 27

Santa Maria arson suspect nabbed on scene

By William D'Urso

When deputies from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office rolled up to a fire at the Winepress Church on Aug. 23, they found 19-year-old Gage Rowdy Tuttle.


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Fire fighters responded to a fire behind the Winepress Church on Aug. 23. Law enforcement arrested the suspect in association with arson, vandalism, and hate crimes.
PHOTO COURTESY SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

According to a release from the Sheriff’s Office, while speaking with Tuttle “[deputies] learned that the man actually started the fire.”

Heavy smoke was billowing from a structure behind the church, located 896 Cambria Ave. in Santa Maria. According to the release, deputies saw Tuttle standing in front of the fire. During their conversation with Tuttle, they decided to book him into Santa Barbara County jail in association with arson, vandalism, and hate crimes.

Deputies said that Santa Barbara County firefighters were able to put out the blaze.

Tuttle was booked on $50,000 bail and, according to the release, fire investigators continue to investigate exactly how the fire was started




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