Arson Fire -- Porter College

To: UCSC Community

From: UC Santa Cruz Police Department

Early this morning, UC Santa Cruz Police and Fire Departments responded to a suspicious fire at Porter College, north of parking lot #124 between Porter Kresge Road and Heller Drive. Cal Fire investigators are assisting in the case.

At this time, it is unknown if this fire is associated with several fires that occurred during the summer and fall quarters last year. In response to an October 9, 2013 incident, a sketch of a person of interest was developed with the assistance of witnesses.

The person of interest was described as a white male adult, 20-22 years of age, approx. 5 feet 11 inches tall, 150 lbs., thin build, with dark hair and eyes, with a pale complexion. It was reported that the person did not have facial hair or blemishes and he had no noticeable tattoos, piercings, or jewelery. The individual was wearing a dark colored jacket and light colored shirt.  

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the individual depicted in the sketch is encouraged to contact the UC Santa Cruz Police Department immediately at 831-459-2231.

Tips may also be made ANONYMOUSLY to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department by calling 831-459-3TIP (459–3847) or going online at

Safety Tips:

• Report any suspicious behavior or persons to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department immediately by calling 9-1-1.
• Report any smoke or fires immediately by calling 9-1-1. Don’t assume someone else will call it in.

Thank you,

Nader Oweis, Chief of Police
University of California, Santa Cruz

This Bulletin is in Compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (“Clery Act”), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).