Wed. Jun 3rd, 2020

Portales man charged with arson for setting fires across county

PORTALES (KSEL)-  A Portales man was arrested for arson after admitting to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies that he lit several haystacks in the county on fire.

On May 19, deputies with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a haystack that was on fire 2 to 3 miles north of Elida. While in route Deputies located three more fires in the area.

Deputies spoke with the Elida Fire Chief who stated the fires were suspicious and later that evening another Haystack fire was located at South Roosevelt Road AG and South Roosevelt Road 5.

The Haystack was so hot it was determined by the Floyd Fire Department not to try and fight the fire but to keep it contained. The damage to this haystack had an estimated value of $70,000.

Officials responded to a total of 7 fires that evening.

The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office received several tips of the suspicious vehicle from the scene including the license plate number.

The vehicle was located and driven by Jaylin Brown, 31, of Portales. Jaylin agreed to meet Deputies at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office for an interview. During the interview Jaylin admitted to setting several fires including the haystack fire. An arrest warrant was issued and Jaylin was taken into custody and charged for Arson of over $20,000-damaging property of another, a second-degree felony.

Deputies are still investigating the arson and trying to obtain a total dollar amount of damage caused by the fires

On May 21, Jaylin was arraigned by a Roosevelt County Magistrate Judge where he was given an OR bond requiring him to be placed on a GPS tracking bracelet pending trial.