UPDATE: Mugshot of councilman facing arson charges released

October 1, 2014


By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HESPERIA —  Hesperia Village Councilman David Sean Pates, 32, a co-owner of the Hesperia House restaurant, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon for allegedly setting his own restaurant on fire last spring.

Pates was recently arrested in North Carolina, and local law enforcement officials were waiting for a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 1, to see whether or not he was going to waive extradition.

“Mr. David Sean Pates has just turned himself in at the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office on the outstanding warrant charging him with arson from the fire in the Hesperia House fire from earlier this year,” stated Lt. Craig Mast Tuesday afternoon.

Pates bonded out of jail after posting 10 percent of a $25,000 bond, Mast said.

Pates is being charged with third-degree arson, which is a 10-year felony, and preparing to burn real property, a five-year felony.

The OCSO issued a two-count felony warrant for Pates at the end of August for allegedly committing arson to the restaurant last April.

See related story: councilman-facing-arson-charges.

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