SAN DIEGO – A 22-year-old UC San Diego student has been arrested on suspicion of setting two fires on campus. A second suspect is being sought, police said Friday.
Surveillance cameras show two young women setting fires on the first and second floors of the center, police said. After setting the first fire, the two fled, then returned wearing different clothing, police said.
The fires were quickly extinguished and there were no injuries.
Nguyen remains in county jail, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Police said one possible motive is a kind of protest against “new development at the location.” In recent weeks, a controversy has arisen on campus over Starbucks’ planned move into an empty space at Price Center left by another coffee vendor, according to the student newspaper. The fires occured the same day that the center’s advisory board, on a split vote, approved Starbucks’ bid to move in.