Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
San Francisco Field Division
For Immediate Release
September 25, 2013
Contact: Helen Dunkel, Special Agent, PIO
Office: (925) 557-2815
Cell: (925) 202-8135
Suspected Arsonist Arrested in Las Vegas After Search Warrants Were Executed by ATF
LAS VEGAS — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), San Francisco Field Division special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl and Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington announced Reynaldo Staana was arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas for committing an arson affecting interstate commerce.
Staana 48, a resident of Las Vegas has been charged with one count of damaging and destroying by means of fire a building and other personal property used in interstate commerce according to a criminal complaint filed in the Judicial District of Nevada. Staana was arrested by ATF Agents and Clark County Investigators after the service of search warrants, and several items of evidentiary value were seized. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas for his initial appearance in front of US Magistrate Judge Ferenbach.
According to a criminal complaint, on September 8, 2013, the Beauty Supply Warehouse, 3310 S. Nellis Blvd. #16, Las Vegas, Nevada, was intentionally set on fire after it was burglarized. The cause of the fire was determined to be an act of arson and the estimated loss is over 2 million.
A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This investigation was conducted by the ATF and Clark County Fire Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Brown.
ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating fires and crimes of arson. More information on ATF can be found at www.atf.gov.