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Arson suspect apprehended

The Turlock Police Department has arrested a man suspected of setting several fires around town earlier in the week.

The suspect has been identified as Junior Robles, 31, of Turlock. Robles remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail. He was booked on a single charge of arson.

There were no reported injuries from any of the fires and the firefighters from the Turlock Fire Department were able to keep the flames from spreading.

The first fire was reported at 8:12 p.m. at Columbia Park, where a trash can had been set on fire.

The second fire was reported at 10:17 p.m. in the 500 block of Jason Drive. The suspect had set a Porta-Potty on fire at a construction site, according to the police report.

The final report came at 10:33 p.m. from a business in the 1300 block of W. Main Street. In that case a Dumpster behind the business had been set ablaze.

A fourth fire was reported to the police and fire departments shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday near the railroad tracks at Vermont Avenue and Soderquist Road.

At the scene officers located Robles next to a pile of embers, said Turlock Police spokesperson Deandra Wiley.

Robles matched the description given to the police by a witness to the Porta-Potty fire. The witness was contacted and positively identified Robles as the person seen at the fire.

Robles was taken into custody without incident.