Riverside, CA, Arsonist May Have Struck Again, Weeks after Release from Jail

May 23, 2024
He admitted to setting fires a Walmart and a building full of toys in 2022, which Riverside Capt. Ray Mendoza called very dangerous.

A convicted serial arsonist in Riverside is behind bars again, suspected of setting another fire less than a month after being paroled following his initial sentence.

George Alexander Hill, 39, is once again facing arson charges, abc 7 reported. 

"All of these incidents have been extremely dangerous, that's our main concern is public safety,"  Riverside Fire Capt. Ray Mendoza said.

Hill was originally arrested on Dec. 18, 2022, suspected of starting a fire at a commercial building containing toys on View Park Court in Riverside. He was also suspected of starting a fire at a Walmart store on Van Buren Boulevard on Oct. 10, 2022.

Officials say both fires caused approximately $1.6 million in damage.

Last month, after pleading guilty, he received two years and eight months in state prison.

But he was paroled almost immediately because he was given credit for the time he served waiting trial. 

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