Woman arrested on suspicion of starting brush fire in San Diego River

1 acre burned in riverbed north of Old Town

OILD TOWN - A woman is in custody Saturday on suspicion of starting a small brush fire in the San Diego River just north of Old Town.

The incident occurred at 8:29 a.m. near Friars Road and Napa Street, San Diego Police officer Frank Cali said.

Cali identified the suspect taken into custody as April Stoumbaugh, 36.

"Stoumbaugh was seen using a lighter to start a fire in the riverbed," Cali said. "She left the scene and was detained by officers. She was positively identified as the person who started the fire by a witness."

Cali said about one acre of open land burned in the riverbed before the blaze was extinguished by firefighters.

The Metro Arson Strike Team was investigating, Cali said.

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