Police in San Jose, California have arrested a man they say is a serial arsonist. 48-year-old Patrick William Brennan was arrested not long after authorities began surveillance on him.
When authorities raided Brennan’s home, they discovered that not only did he have a long history of arson, but also that there was evidence linking him to a recent string on house fires right in his neighborhood. Brennan, who authorities say is also a registered sex offender, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of arson and remains in jail on $1 million bail.
"We're relieved that they got the guy off the streets," said 63-year-old arson victim Stan Rubin. "Ours was one of the first houses to be burned. We've put in 22 years of work on this place. We have good days and bad. I'll be satisfied if he never gets out of jail."
Police say that Brennan is likely responsible for 12 separate fires that caused nearly millions of dollars in damages.
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed praised the efforts of both the residents and the officers that worked together to find Brennan.
"I'd also like to thank the dedicated residents who came together to keep watch over their neighborhoods and help our officers and firefighters solve these horrible crimes," said Reed. "The collaboration between our residents and public safety departments is one of the things that help make San Jose a great place to live, work and raise a family."
Officers say Brennan was “forthcoming” about his crimes before they placed him in jail. Brennan has a history of arson, including setting multiple fires in Grand Canyon National Park.