RimoftheWorld.net is reporting:
Judge Denies Release of Arson Suspect
By G.T. HoutsThursday, November 15, 2007
Victorville, CA – Judge Robert Law has denied the request of 48-year-old John Alfred Rund to be released on his own recognizance. The ruling means Rund, who is a suspected arsonist, will remain in custody at the West Valley Detention Center (WVDC) in Rancho Cucamonga until his next scheduled court appearance on Monday, December 3, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. in Department V-8. Rund's attorney Steve Meister made the motion for the own recognizance release on Thursday, November 8. Court minutes report Judge Law told those present at the bail hearing he had read and considered the request and that it was denied. Bail remains at $750,000.
On October 23, 2007, Rund was apprehended at a residence in Hesperia after eyewitnesses told authorities they had allegedly seen him start a brush fire in the area off Highway 173 and Arrowhead Lake Road. The citizens put out the fire before firefighters could arrive at the location. CHP helicopters followed the suspect on his motorcycle to the Hesperia address and directed Sheriff's deputies to the residence. Initially, Rund was charged with one count of Penal Code 451(c) arson of forest land; one count of Penal Code 454 arson during a state of emergency; and, one count of Penal Code 453(a) possession of flammable material or an incendiary device. However, deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff's Station Major Enforcement Team served a search warrant at Rund's address on Wednesday, October 31. Live ammunition, a high capacity ammunition magazine, one rifle, one pistol, and a quantity of suspected methamphetamine was discovered during the search.
The list of charges against Rund—outlined in a Sheriff's Department news release—was amended to include possession of a controlled substance, being a felon in the possession of firearms, possession of a high capacity ammunition magazine, and a felon in possession of ammunition. At the time of Rund's arrest, District Attorney Michael Ramos issued the following statement: "Because of the recent fires in our local mountains, we are all aware of the inherent danger and risk to lives and property due to uncontrolled fires. We will not tolerate anyone putting all of us at risk by reckless and unlawful behavior. We intend to prosecute every instance of arson to the fullest extent of the law."