On Sept. 11, 26-year-old Jennifer Ann Stiffler was arrested by the Blythe Police Department (BPD) for an alleged felony violation of PC (Penal Code) section 451(d), arson of property.
“On Sept. 11, 2020, at about 7:46 a.m., Blythe Police officers were dispatched to the 200 block of S. Second Street in reference to multiple 9-1-1 reports of a structure fire there,” stated BPD. “One of the 9-1-1 callers reported having seen a woman setting the fire, and the caller gave a specific physical and clothing description of the woman. The caller said the woman was still near the fire she set. Blythe Police officers arrived within two minutes, and found two of the abandoned trailer homes there on fire, with a third fire to a pile of debris in the street. Officers found the woman as described by the caller, who was standing next to the burning trailer homes.”
Jail information data notes Stifflers’ arresting location as S. 2nd St. at 8:02 a.m.
“Because of previous police contacts, the officers immediately recognized the woman as Jennifer Ann Stiffler, 26, a transient from Blythe, (Calif.). Stiffler was the only person in the immediate area of the fire. Officers detained Stiffler for further investigation. Blythe Fire Department personnel arrived and extinguished the fires,” stated BPD. “Officers spoke with multiple witnesses, who said Stiffler was the only person they saw near the fires at the time they started. Another independent witness contacted officers and said (he/she) saw Stiffler starting the fires. Officers arrested Stiffler for Felony Arson. Officers brought Stiffler to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station Jail, where they turned her over to jail staff to be booked and held on the charge of Felony Arson(. H)owever soon after, jail staff released Stiffler with a citation.”
Following a 10:17 a.m. booking at the Blythe Jail for felony arson, Stiffler was released the same day on Sept. 11 – the case’s jail record shows no bail amount listed.
Stiffler has a court hearing date scheduled for the morning of Dec. 10 at the Riverside County Superior Courthouse in Blythe.
“Blythe Police Department encourages anyone with information on this or any other crime, to contact the Blythe Police Department at (760) 922-6111,” stated BPD.