Two San Francisco teens have been jailed for allegedly setting fires at the Castro Muni station Wednesday, June 13.
Brian Hinchion and Timothy Abellera, both 19, allegedly broke into the closed station around 3 a.m. Wednesday and set several blazes, according to Officer Carlos Manfredi, a San Francisco Police Department spokesman.
Janitors interrupted them and called police, who responded and caught the men, Manfredi said in an email. Damage from the fires, first reported by Bay City News, is estimated at more than $2,000.
San Francisco police Lieutenant Teresa Gracie said in an interview that there were no indications the incident was a hate crime.
Records indicate that both men were set to be arraigned today (Thursday, June 14) in San Francisco Superior Court on charges of arson of a structure, arson of the property of another, possession of combustible materials or incendiary devices, second-degree burglary, and vandalism more than $400, according to Susan Fahey, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.
Hinchion and Abellera are both in custody in San Francisco County jail on $965,000 bail.
A public defender’s office staffer said Thursday that the charges are still pending and neither man has been assigned an attorney.