SANTA ANA, Calif. – A serial arsonist was convicted yesterday of two attempted burglaries, setting six fires in Mission Viejo, and stalking a woman in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Jack Frye, 19, Lake Forest


Pleaded guilty yesterday to the following counts:


  • (6) Arson
  • (2) Attempted arson
  • Stalking
  • Attempted first degree burglary
  • Attempted second degree burglary


  • Vandalism under $400
  • (2) Disobey Court Order



15 years in state prison Sentencing


Oct. 4. 2018, 8:30 a.m.


Department H7, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach

 Circumstances of the Case

  • At the time of the crime, the defendant was a former student of Mission Viejo High School (MVHS).
  • Between March 14, 2018 and March 18, 2018, Frye stalked Jane Doe, making her fear for her safety.
  • On March 14, 2018, Frye slashed the tires of Jane Doe’s car.
  • On March 18, 2018, the defendant attempted to enter Jane Doe’s home in Rancho Santa Margarita.
  • Between March 28, 2018, and April 4, 2018, Frye lit multiple fires at MVHS and one fire at the Kaleidoscope shopping center in Mission Viejo.
  • On March 30, 2018, the defendant unlawfully attempted to enter MVHS and attempted to set fire to a structure on campus.
  • On April 4, 2018, the defendant further attempted to light a van on fire near MVHS. Undercover investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) located Frye and arrested him at the scene.
  • In May 2018, Fry attempted to contact Jane Doe several times via phone and letter from Orange County Jail.
  • OCSD and Orange County Fire Authority investigated this case.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Kirk, Special Prosecutions Unit

Orange County District Attorney /  Case # 18CF0943, 18HF0845 / July 24, 2018


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