Charles Sanford was taken into custody in the 300 block of East Plumb Lane near Shoppers Square. Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives, along with detectives from the All Threats All Crimes Task Force (ATAC), say Sanford was the man who led deputies on a chase Monday that ended at about noon after he set fire to his vehicle and the adjacent forest near the Caughlin Ranch area of west Reno. In the incident, a Washoe County patrol deputy saw a brown 1980s Toyota Land Cruiser in the area of Kietzke Lane and Del Monte Lane. The deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop after learning the license plates belonged on a different vehicle.
The Land Cruiser’s lone occupant, a white male, fled from the deputy. The driver of the Land Cruiser led deputies and officers to the area of Pinehaven Drive and eventually onto a dirt road. As the deputy pursued the Land Cruiser, the driver slowed the vehicle and exited, fleeing on foot. The deputy saw the vehicle leave the roadway and he could see flames inside the vehicle as it careened down a ravine. When the vehicle came to a stop a brush fire ensued and quickly grew out of control.
The pursuing deputy identified Sanford as the driver and on Tuesday Reno fire investigators and sheriff’s office personnel located the identification number on the vehicle. The vehicle identification number identified Sanford as the owner of the vehicle, according to police. The vehicle is being held at the sheriff’s office as evidence.
On Friday, sheriff’s detectives spotted Sanford in the 100 block of West Grove Street. He was arrested a short time later at a nearby restaurant.
Sanford is charged with felony arson, eluding a peace officer, display of fictitious license plates and two counts of reckless driving
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call 328-3320 or Secret Witness at 322-4900, report online at www.secretwitness.com or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword “SW.”