Man admits torching Chula Vista office

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A transient who set fire to a non-profit community organization’s office in Chula Vista has pleaded guilty to arson and has agreed to accept a 4-year prison term.

Christopher Treyvoun Jenkins, 28, will be sentenced on April 16 in Chula Vista Superior Court. He remains in jail on $150,000 bail.

Jenkins torched an office used by the Alliance of California for Community Empowerment(ACCE), which is a chapter of the Alliance of San Diego. He left a note at the burned office that said his stuff on the office’s roof should not have been thrown away.

Jenkins was homeless at the time and he had been living on the roof of the H Street office.

A maintenance crew discovered pillows and other items belonging to Jenkins and threw them away about five days before the fire.

The organization whose office he burned describes itself as providing help with “low to moderate income neighborhoods to fight and stand for economic, racial, and social justice.” It was initially suspected the arson was politically motivated, but that was ruled out.

The office door was kicked in and a fire accelerant was used. Other charges were dismissed that included a burglary of a nearby 7-Eleven store in which propane materials were taken without Jenkins paying for them. Another burglary charge was dropped for the theft of 10 computer tablets, gift cards, and $300 in cash was stolen from the ACCE office.

The ACCE now has another office in Chula Vista, as well as offices in National City and San Diego.

Jenkins has a warrant for his arrest in another county for another case.

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