Suspect arrested in arson attack on UC Berkeley campus | Crime and Safety


The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has announced the arrest of Casey Robert Goonan. He is accused of possession and use of explosive devices and multiple counts of arson in connection with the firebombing of a UCPD vehicle and three arson attacks on the UC Berkeley campus in June.

According to Kara Garrett, Cal Fire spokeswoman, the arrest was made today by the UCPD and the State Fire Marshal's Arson and Bomb Unit.

The arrest follows incidents such as the small arsons at the Dwinelle Annex construction site and in front of Koshland Hall — which anonymous writers online claim were “retaliation” for the UCPD’s response to UC-wide protests — as well as a reported arson on the lawn in front of the East Asian Library.

According to campus spokesman Dan Mogulof, the UCPD assisted Cal Fire with the investigation. The arrest was made with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a Cal Fire press release.

Goonan, an Oakland resident, is being held in the Alameda County Jail. Bail is set at $1 million, the news release said.

This is an ongoing story, check back later for updates.

Rae Wymer is the lead reporter covering housing and transportation. Reach her at [email protected] or @rae_wymer