Arson Suspect Arrested In Castro


SAN FRANCISCO—A man that may be connected to a rash of serial fires in the Castro and Noe Valley neighborhoods has been arrested.

David Munoz Diaz was arrested by San Francisco Police Officers outside his home on 18th Street at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21.

This pickup truck was the most recent arson victim in Castro.

Diaz has a history of violence related to fire crimes. He was convicted in the 2011 death of a sexual partner who was strangled and burned. On trial for first-degree murder, Diaz was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last August.

The arrest of Diaz came shortly after authorities obtained video surveillance evidence in the aftermath of the most recent blaze, a fire that caused $20,000 in damage to a Castro home.

The suspect is currently being held at the San Francisco County Jail. He is facing three felony charges, which include burglary, possession of arson materials, and first-degree arson.

The arson investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information concerning the fires in Castro and Noe Valley are urged to come forward by contacting the SFPD at (415) 575-4444, or text TIP411 with “SFPD” at the beginning of the message.