Medford Man Arrested After Allegedly Setting Health Vehicle on Fire

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and Phoenix Police Department responded to an alarm at the La Clinica Mobile Health Center truck early this morning. ECSO received the call at 3:23 a.m. and dispatched deputies to a motion alarm inside the truck located in the 3600 block of South Pacific Highway between Phoenix and Medford.

Upon arrival, deputies heard someone talking and moving inside the 30-foot vehicle. There was evidence of forced entry and the doors were locked from the inside. JCSO deputies gave commands for the subject to exit but he was uncooperative. During announcements, deputies noticed smoke billowing from inside the rear. The team breached the door, entered the trailer, and saw smoke and flames spreading rapidly. Deputies gave commands and the suspect exited the vehicle and was taken into custody. A minute or so later, the entire vehicle was fully engulfed by flames. Medford Fire personnel responded and put the fire out.

The suspect was identified as Daniel Timothy Garay, 31, of Medford. JCSO deputies booked and lodged Garay in the Jackson County Jail on charges of second-degree arson, second-degree burglary, and first-degree criminal mischief. Authorities say this case is under further investigation.

La Clinica issued the following statement: La Clinica is pausing mobile health services until further notice. Regrettably, a fire overnight gutted the new Mobile Health Center, and our team is assessing how and when to restart services.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Source: JCSO

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