The suspected arsonist traveled from Missouri to northern California to fire more than a dozen fires before attending his 50th high school meeting, according to a news release Saturday.
Former classmate told San Jose Mercury News newspaper Freddie Owen Graham seems happy at a party on September 21
"He was excited to come. I talked to him five or six times at night. He was happy to be there. He told me, "I didn't expect to have so much fun." "Santoro said.
" It turns out that he has already set fires on fire. "
State fire investigators said Graham gave them a different impression. After being arrested at San Jose Airport, Graham told them he was in an" emotional "state because of the loss of his wife in 2018, when
"Because she died and couldn't be with him, it made her emotional, starting fires," according to a report from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Santoro recalled that Graham was sad to attend the meeting without his wife.
Remus was held on $ 2 million bail in 13 arson cases, and he also faced two special arson charges during a state of emergency that was announced by Gov. Gavin Newsome in March before the forest fire season.
Prosecutors Graham was said to have driven through the foothills northeast of San Jose and set up 13 fires over two days.
Although the fires did not cause injury or structural damage, they took dozens of firefighters using airplane hours, bulldozers and other technique.
Graham was identified as a suspect after someone saw him, record the number of the rental car plate and notify firefighters.
He was arrested for renting a car at the airport – his second of the weekend, after he was reported to have replaced the one seen by a witness in the fire.