Arrest Made In Santee Arson Case

San Diego County Sheriff's detectives cracked an investigation Thursday into a mysterious 2014 arson at a Santee shelter.

Det. John Debus in the agency's bomb and arson unit said U.S. Marshal's arrested 23-year-old Francisco "Frankie" Castro on Thursday on suspicion of arson at on the northeast corner of Prospect and Cottonwood avenues in Santee. 

Castro is being held on $200,000 bail and scheduled to be arraigned Friday on two counts of arson.

In October 2014, sheriff's deputies said a suspect torched the entire interior of the former shelter in the 10300 block of Prospect Avenue just before 5:10 p.m. on October 2. No injuries were reported.

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NBC7 Investigates reported on the shelter before it was torched, finding it was kept in crowded and deplorable conditions, and that the residents said they were trading their taxpayer-funded food stamps for shelter provided by the outreach ministry of Pastor David Barrett.

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