Late last week, two Roseville High School students were arrested as suspects in a fire at the school’s football field, according to an official press release from Roseville Police Department.
Roy Jordan Loya, 18, and a 17-year-old male were reportedly arrested on suspicion of arson, felony vandalism, and conspiracy.
According to Roseville PD, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 1:20am, Roseville Fire Department and Roseville PD responded to a fire in Roseville High School’s football field. The fire crews reportedly quickly extinguished the fire, however, it had completely destroyed the stage that had been set up for the school’s graduation planned for the evening of Friday, May 30, 2014. Additionally, the fire reportedly did extensive damage to the field’s turf.
Roseville PD reportedly determined the fire had been arson, and the school district’s current estimate to repair the damage was reportedly $150,000.
A Roseville PD Youth Services officer was reportedly assigned to Roseville High School, and with an investigation by school officials two Roseville High School suspects were reportedly identified. Loya was a surprise suspect to many, as an apparent good student who has not been in trouble before, and a star on the school’s football team. He was also a sports writer for the school paper “Eye Of The Tiger”.
At the time of the press release, Roseville school and district officials had reportedly made a great effort to temporarily repair the damage done to the stage and football field so that graduation could still go on as planned. Fox 40 has reported that the community businesses, churches and school alumni stepped up to insure a graduation stage was available. Meanwhile, in Loya’s appearance in court Monday, he entered a plea of not guilty to the charges. Due to the extent of the damage, bail is set at $150,000.
Crimevoice staff also contributed to this story