Imperial, California - Today, at approximately 1:45am, The imperial County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a set of haystacks that had been set on fire in the area of Clark Road (P Street), 1 block south of Barioni Road.  

Officers from the Imperial Police Department had made contact with two subjects who were in the general area of the fire, and later determined that the two subjects were possibly involved with setting fire to the haystacks. Due to the arson having occurred in the County area, the Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident.

After an investigation was conducted, it was determined that the two subjects were directly responsible for setting this arson fire of the haystacks.  The subjects are identified as Seeley resident Angel Echavarria who is 19 years of age, and Imperial resident Jose Lomeli who is 18 years of age.

Echavarria and Lomeli were both booked into the Imperial County Jail for the arson.  The case will be forwarded to the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution