Press Releases

Press Release - Case # 20-1953

Date: 09/08/2020

Time of Call: 4:46 AM

Location/Victim: 859 N. State St. Ukiah (Redwood Tree Service Station)

Crime: 451(d) PC-Arson (Felony)
              454(a)(2) PC-Arson During a State of Emergency (Felony)
              1203.2 PC-Violation of Probation (Misdemeanor)

Suspect: Zakedis, David Michael (54-year-old white male transient)

On 09/08/20 at approx. 4:46 am, Ukiah Valley Fire Authority and UPD officers were dispatched to the
Redwood Tree Service Station, 859 N. State St., regarding a fire at the location. Upon arrival, officers found a
wooden gazebo, along with the south side of the building was on fire. Ukiah Valley Fire Authority personnel
were able to put out the fire. The building sustained major damage to the south side interior and exterior of the
building. Smoke was able to enter the building and caused damage as well. The owner was contacted and was
unable to provide an estimate on the repair at this time, due to the extent of the damage.


UPD Detectives assumed the investigation. Later in the day, Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance
from the business. The video surveillance captured a single subject on the property at the time the fire started.
The subject was last seen walking northbound on N. State St. UPD Detectives continued investigating the case
and obtained additional information and located additional video surveillance from a business in the area. The
additional surveillance showed a subject having similar features and personal items, as the subject seen in the
Redwood Tree Service Station surveillance. The information was disseminated to the UPD patrol division,
asking them to be on the lookout for a similar subject.


On 09/10/20, UPD patrol officers located a subject matching the description walking in the 800 block of N.
State St. UPD Officers made a consensual contact with the subject, later identified as local transient, David
Zakedis. UPD Detectives were notified and responded. Zakedis was interviewed at the scene and admitted to
being the one responsible for the fire. Zakedis was also in possession of items seen on the video surveillance
footage as well. Zakedis was arrested without incident for arson, committing arson during a state of emergency
and a violation of probation. Zakedis was lodged at the county jail.


Anyone with any additional information is urged to contact Ukiah PD at 707-463-6262.


Prepared by: Detective Sergeant Pintane #D3

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