SANTA ROSA (CBS13) – A right-wing news agency article claiming that an illegal immigrant was arrested in connection with the deadly wine country fires is being called “false and misleading.”

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano directly addressed the false claim.

“There is no indication he is related to these fires at all,” Sheriff Giordano said. “Cal Fire is doing an investigation to see how these fires started. We don’t even know if it’s arson.”

CBS13 first brought the headline – published in Breitbart – to the attention of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department that reads, in part:

The suspect “was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson in wine country fires that have killed at least 40 residents.”

The headline featured in Breitbart on Oct. 17.

While it’s true that a homeless illegal immigrant was arrested for starting a small fire at a park in Sonoma on Sunday, Sheriff Giordano says the suspect is in no way connected to the larger, deadly wildfires.

The article also states the suspect was placed on hold by ICE because he’s in the country illegally, which is true. But Giordano says that’s standard procedure.

Comments (6)
  1. Brian Buda says:

    That isn’t at all what the Breitbart article said. Breitbart reported that a man was arrested in the Maxwell Park area of wine country. That is true. The man was homeless and said he had started the fire to keep warm. That’s is true. That Breitbart connected the arson suspect to the larger fires is absolutely not true. In fact, the Breibart article stated clearly, “Sonoma Valley Fire Protection District personnel put out the fire and district arson investigators went to the scene to gather evidence.”

    Breitbart reported a legitimate arrest by the Sonoma Police. At no point did Breitbart claim the Tubbs Fire, Nuns Fire, or any of the other conflagrations were caused or connected to this arson suspect and arrest.

    Read the source article before having a cow over a fake story.

    1. Um, maybe they are talking about his article?

      “The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) issued a detainer request on the Sonoma County Jail for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson in Wine Country fires that have killed at least 40 residents.”

      Unfortunately, both sides have a motive to push their own narratives.

  2. Brietbart issues news stories like this to perpetuate a perception and it worked.

  3. Mike Giles says:

    The Sacramento Bee continues it’s decades-long bowing to it’s editors’ college professors’ beloved “Fake News” protocols. The Brietbart story merely indicated that this Illegal Immigrant was, indeed, arrested for starting a fire, (from which he was moving quickly), and that he may have started other fires. Not that he Did start other fires!

  4. What is NOT being discussed: The suspect is being held on $200,000.00 bail. That is NOT the ‘bail’ for “starting a small fire to keep warm”. This story has legs.

  5. richardfg7 says:

    Ya like the leftist media is going to report the truth . They have an agenda to maintain .