Linn County Sheriff's Office Deputies Arrest Suspected Arsonist

Linn County Sheriff's Office 

Sheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies arrested Johnny Angel Gonzalez, 37, today in connection with an arson investigation from earlier this week.

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at about 9:42 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a travel trailer on fire at 3285 NE Salem Avenue, Space #14.  The Albany Fire Department personnel deemed the fire as suspicious due to several people seen leaving the area moments before the fire started.

The victim, who owned and lived in the travel trailer, told deputies he allowed Gonzalez to stay with him for the last two weeks.  However, on Wednesday the victim told Gonzalez he needed to find somewhere else to live, as it was against park rules to have unauthorized guests.  According to the victim, Gonzalez became agitated and began breaking personal property belonging to the victim inside the trailer.  The victim and another witness left the trailer stating they were scared of Gonzalez.  Shortly before the travel trailer was seen fully engulfed in flames, Gonzalez was witnessed leaving the area on foot.

Gonzalez is lodged at the Linn County Jail for Arson in the First Degree.