Felon charged with setting fire in Eastvale pleads not guilty
A convicted felon accused of igniting a debris fire near an Eastvale intersection was charged Wednesday, Aug. 30 with arson.
Emanuel Cota Alves, 31, pleaded not guilty to the felony charge, as well as sentence-enhancing allegations of having a prior arson conviction and committing a crime within five years of parole.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Gunn scheduled a felony settlement conference for Sept. 11 at the Riverside Hall of Justice and ordered the defendant held on $235,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
Alves allegedly ignited a pile of debris in a wash near the intersection of Chandler Street and Hall Avenue in the early morning hours on Monday. Firefighters quickly contained the blaze, and investigators were summoned to the location based on evidence uncovered after the flames were extinguished.
According to Cal Fire, Alves was identified as the alleged perpetrator within a few hours and was arrested at his residence on Walters Street in Eastvale without incident.
A possible reason why he allegedly ignited the fire was not disclosed.
In addition to his prior arson conviction, Alves has several priors for possession of controlled substances, according to court records.