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SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Friday May 27th, 2022 :: 01:02 p.m. PDT


Two Suspects Arrested for Starting Fire in Yucca Valley

DATE/TIME:   May 26, 2022 / 12:55 p.m.

INCIDENT:   PC 452 (C) – Cause Fire of Structure of Forest

LOCATION:   Cholla Avenue / Desert Gold Drive, Town of Yucca Valley

SUSPECT(S):   Liam Stinson, 18-years-old, Resident of Valley Center, CA
              Aaron McKeeman, 18-years-old, Resident of Carlsbad, CA


SUMMARY:  On Thursday, May 26, 2022, deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to reports of a fire near Elk Trail in Yucca Valley.  When deputies arrived, they immediately identified an area where they believe the fire started.  While driving to that spot, deputies noticed a Toyota Prius driving away from the scene, and conducted a traffic stop.   

Through investigation, deputies discovered the subjects in the vehicle, identified as Liam Stinson and Aaron McKeeman, were camping and ignited dry bush.  The fire quickly spread and they were unable to control it.  Stinson and McKeeman were both arrested and booked in at the Morongo Basin jail where they are being held on $25,000 bail.  

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station at 760-366-4175.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous should contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or go to

Refer:   Deputy A. Zavala

Station:   Morongo Basin

Phone No.   909-366-4175

Case No.   232201062

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Emergency: 9-1-1

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