Canyon Lake man arrested after pursuit, trying again to torch neighbor’s home, sheriff says
By Brian Rokos
A woman was in her Canyon Lake home late Wednesday morning when she heard a loud thud, as if an earthquake had struck. Seconds later, a wooden stake crashed through her living room window, followed by a burning road flare.
The blinds and carpet were set ablaze before she threw the flare onto her driveway.
David Brian Harry had struck again, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Thursday, Jan. 4.
Harry, 45, was already due in court Friday for a preliminary hearing in a case in which he is accused of trying to set his SUV on fire and possibly roll it into the same neighbor’s home in the 28900 block of Yosemite Place in April.
In that case, according to court documents, neighbors said Harry acted strangely and threatened them.
Harry has pleaded not guilty in that case to charges of attempted murder on a peace officer or firefighter, arson on an inhabited dwelling, attempted arson and vandalism with damage greater than $5,000 — all felonies.
After the flare was thrown into the home Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Department said, the woman confronted Harry. They screamed at each other and Harry lit another flare and set her fence on fire, the release said.
Harry fled in his pickup, which had appeared to be lodged against the house. He led officers on a pursuit along Highway 74, northbound on the 15 Freeway and westbound on the 91.
The CHP took over the pursuit from deputies on the 15 at Temescal Canyon Road. When the pickup reached the 91, Harry was driving on flat tires caused by a police spike strip employed at the 91/15 interchange, CHP officer Ed Perez said.
Police said Harry had access to high-powered weapons, prompting officers to stop traffic on the westbound 91.
Harry eventually left the freeway near Featherly Regional […]