California: Alameda resident arrested for blocking installation of Smart Meters

Smart Meter Harm

From the  Alameda Sun

Smart Meter Activist Arrested for Blockage

April 3, 2018
by  Ekene Ikeme

Alameda police officers arrested an Alameda resident after he allegedly tried blocking the installation of Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) new smart meters at an apartment building Thursday, March 29.

Alameda resident Christopher Rabe was arrested at 10:30 a.m., according to Alameda Police Department (APD) reports. The incident took place at the apartment building on the 2200 block of Pacific Avenue where Rabe, 39, is a tenant. 

Workers from Professional Meters, Inc., which AMP hired to conduct the smart electric meter installations, were attempting to install AMP’s new meters at the apartment building. At the residence the workers noticed Rabe was blocking the grid where the meters would be installed. He had also wrapped a chain around his meter. 

Even though Rabe opted out of the program, restricting access to the electric meter is against the…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     Contact:  Joshua Hart, Director, Stop Smart Meters!
April 2nd, 2018                                          888.965.6435
Alameda’s so-called “smart meter opt out” leaves those in multi-unit housing exposed
Alameda, CA—Christopher Rabe, a 39-year resident of Alameda and father of two was arrested on Thursday, March 29th at 10:30am after peacefully standing in the way of Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) meter installers outside his apartment complex on Pacific St.
Rabe was held in Oakland Jail for 10 hours, and released after posting bail. He is being charged with 498(B)(2) (theft by meter tampering) despite the fact that clearly his intent was to prevent the smart meter installation, and represent the other apartment complex residents in refusing the meters, not steal power from the utility.
Mr Rabe is well-known to AMP—not only has he written the utility, attended meetings and even spoke in front of City Council, he has blocked access to meter installation on the property before.  Previously when the police were called, the meter installers were told (correctly) that Mr Rabe was within his right to block their access on this private property. Specifically, a previous incident report from September 13th, 2017 stated:
“(AMP) reported on blocking him from working on meters at the listed address. (Rabe) was uncooperative and would not move. (AMP) was advised (Rabe) was on private property and no crime had been committed and this issue was a civil matter…”
This time, Chris was arrested under what many are calling false pretenses of stealing electricity.  His neighbors and supporters are asking why.
Seven of the 12 other residents had authorized Chris in writing to refuse the installation of radiation meters on their behalf, as they were at work.  While Chris was being detained, 5 radiating meters were installed.
The entire bank of 13 meters is situated on the wall of his children’s bedroom and he is concerned that the radiation pulsing from the new meters will make them sick.  He has taken readings before and after the meter installation and now records radiation levels well above those that cause health damage, in peer-reviewed studies.
Chris and fellow members of Alamedans for Safe Energy plan to attend the City Council meeting on April 3rd to insist on an investigation into what they deem an illegal arrest. Contrary to what Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) claims, regardless of any “opt out” program, residents have the fundamental legal right to decide what technology they allow on their homes, and to live free of coercion and opt out fee extortion. Utility easements—which allow for reading and maintenance of a utility meter—do not permit the installation of electronic “smart meters,” deemed by many experts to be a serious threat to health, safety and privacy.
The March 29th arrest of Rabe follows the disconnection of electricity at the home of Tony Brasunas, an Alameda resident refusing to pay what he considers an unjust opt out fee to keep the safer analog on his home. Brasunas’ wife and 1 year old were startled when the power suddenly turned off last Tuesday in the midst of a cold day. A call to the utility led to the power being switched back on.
Josh Hart, Director of Northern California based Stop Smart Meters! spoke at an event at the Home of Truth in Alameda on March 19th, invited by Alameda Safe Energy, a group founded in October 2017 to organize and oppose deployment of a network of radiation-pulsing meters on the island. In response to the subsequent arrest, Hart stated:
“Individuals and communities have a right to say no to a technology that has been linked to cancer, surveillance, overcharging and fires. Our families have a right to be safe in our homes and in our communities. PG&E is not out on the streets disconnecting people who justifiably refuse to pay their opt out fees, but the City of Alameda is not only disconnecting its own residents, but apparently now arresting them – simply for making a choice.”
Local analog advocates point out that if residents of apartment buildings, who typically have a bank of meters on one wall, do not have a real “opt out” option, then no one in Alameda does.
Those opposed to smart meter technology insist that no energy provider has the right to force a device onto people’s homes, and into their communities against their will. So-called “smart” meters are devices that emit high levels of radiation that the World Health Organization (and most recently the National Toxicology Program) has linked to cancer. They also are used by police departments to surveil residents, and are linked to a series of home fires and have been subject to a series of major safety recalls.
Alameda residents angry about what they say is their city’s illegal and bullying behavior, plan to attend and speak out at the Alameda City Council meeting on Tuesday April 3rd at 7pm pm at 2263 Santa Clara Ave. More information can be found at and

Silence from city officials on smart meter concerns

*This is a letter I wrote to Alameda city manager Jill Keimach*

Ms. Keimach,
By now you , the PUB, and CIty Council have seen the videos I sent you of my RF measurements of AMP’s smart meters. These videos prove that smart meters transmit far more than 1,717 times per day, and that RF radiation from the smart meters can and does enter homes.
This in direct contradiction of statements made by AMP GM Nico Procos to the City Council on 12/5/2017. At that meeting, he stated that smart meters transmit 1,717 times a day, and that RF radiation from smart meters does not enter homes. He also took out his smart phone and said “These are much more of a concern than smart meters.”
I was planning to make a video disproving Procos’ statement that smart phones are more of a concern, as they emit far less RF than a single smart meter when in use. The RF radiation from a smart phone is only detectable about 1 foot away, whereas I have detected RF from smart meters over 30 feet away. Also, I have the option of turning my phone off, or putting it in airplane mode, which stops all RF emissions. You cannot turn your smart meters off or put them in airplane mode. They are always on, always emitting a near constant stream of pulsed RF radiation. A bank of 5 or more smart meters emits constantly, 24/7.
However, this seems futile. I have already made videos proving that there’s more to the story, and what response have I got from city officials? Mayor Spencer was the only one who contacted me to discuss my findings. She put the issue on the City Council meeting agenda on 12/5/2017. Nothing came of it. The city attorney reminded the Council that they have no jurisdiction over AMP, and are essentially powerless to do anything.
When I first made Rebecca Irwin of AMP aware of my videos in September, she claimed the RF in my videos was from WiFi, my own cell phone, or some source other than the 21 smart meters I was standing in front of. I made her aware that my RF meter shows the frequency, and it was 900Mhz, the same frequency emitted by smart meters, and not the same as cell phones or WiFi, which emit a higher frequency. I also was not using a cell phone to record the video. She assured me that AMP had an RF meter and were going to do some testing to verify my results. I still have not heard back from her. I have not heard anything from the PUB, City Council, or you Ms. Keimach.
I believe the responsiblity lies on your shoulders. If you have not seen my videos, I urge you to please watch them. Why isn’t anyone doing anything about this? Shouldn’t AMP at least attempt to debunk my claims? Where is the results of their smart meter RF testing? This should be available for the public to see.
Here is the link to my videos:
Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.

“Smart” Meter/Grid Facts


  1. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has called for a moratorium on smart meters based on the documented health hazards of microwave/radio frequency radiation from smart meters.
  2. The World Health Organization (WHO) has categorized radio frequency radiation as a Class 2B potential carcinogen (like lead, DDT and car exhaust).
  3. So far 57 local governments, mostly in California representing almost 4 million people, have passed ordinances that ban smart meter installations or make them illegal in their jurisdictions.
  4. After lying to the public and being ordered by an administrative law judge to answer specific questions, Pacific Gas & Electric disclosed the average number of radio frequency pulses from their smart meter were about 14,000 a day and the maximum would be over 190,000 pulses a day.
  5. Smart meters tie into a “smart grid” that dangerously compromises energy security by making the entire power grid vulnerable to hacking and cyber attacks.
  6. Those with access to smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
  7. Smart meters are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private, personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those who are monitored. With analysis of certain smart meter data, unauthorized and distant parties may determine medical conditions, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns, personal information and habits of the occupants.
  8. AMP has not adequately disclosed their smart meter radio frequency specifications, or the particular recording and transmission capabilities of their smart meters, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.

Re: Place Moratorium on Smart Meters

I recieved a copy of this letter to the editor of the Alameda Sun by e-mail, from concerned citizen/author Tony Brasunas
Dear Editor:
I wholeheartedly agree with Christopher Rabe’s article “Place Moratorium on ‘Smart’ Meters.” Thank you to the Sun for publishing this important piece. Mr. Rabe’s writing led me to do research of my own, and I have found his insights to be both correct and likely unknown to many Alamedans. I recommend all concerned Alamedans learn about this and attend the Public Utilities Board meeting Monday, October 16 at 7pm to voice your thoughts about ‘Smart’ Meters.
The risks of these meters have not been fully studied, and the initial findings aren’t good. We should join other California counties in halting their use until more is known.
My wife and I live in a single family home with our infant son. Our son’s brain is developing every day. Why do we have to install a machine that will broadcast intense pulsed RF radiation 9,000 times per day? It is beyond me. The only benefit I can see is lining the pockets of AMP by letting them fire the people who read the meters.
We would like to opt out of these ‘Smart’ Meters, but as Mr. Rabe points out, the fees assessed by AMP for opting out are excessive. At $125 a pop, plus $10 each month, AMP seemingly plans to punish people now and every month forever. We would also like assurances that if we opt out, we will get an analog mechanical meter, not another radiation pulse machine.
Really, why does AMP need to assess fees at all? AMP saves money on each house that opts out by not having to pay for the equipment or the installation. Their costs for those of us who opt out can’t be any more than they’re already charging us.
A more fair way to assess the fees would be to give a discount to those who choose to opt in and accept the radiation risk, and leave the rest of us at our current rate structure, paying for regular meter reading. That way AMP would pass on the savings for not having to read the meters to those customers who accept the ‘Smart’ Meters. Otherwise, hmm, it appears AMP is forcing everyone into a plan that makes them money and subjects us to radiation. Not a win-win.

AMP, you are our community utility. You recently published a piece in these very pages praising community involvement in your decision-making. We want a role in this decision. Please provide us with all the facts, and let us as a community choose whether to halt ‘Smart’ Meters altogether — as other counties are doing — or to have an opt-in/opt-out model where those who opt in get a discount, and those who opt out pay the same rates we pay today.

Please place a moratorium on all ‘Smart’ Meters, or at least let us protect our children from the potential dangers of radiation without charging us fees forever to do so.

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Brasunas

Alameda, Ca.

New smart meters transmit 9,000 – 190,000 times daily

    As many Alamedans know, AMP has been implementing their smart meter program in residential neighborhoods across Alameda this year. What most Alamedans do not know, however, is the hidden potential for danger these RF radiation emitting devices have. There is current evidence of a link between cancer and RF radiation, even a $25 million study by the US government proves there is in fact, a link. This was study was done by the National Toxicology Program and reported by the Wall Street Journal, among other media outlets.  ( )
I asked Rebecca Irwin of AMP how many times per day do the new smart meters transmit data. She told me that they only transmit 3 times a day, for a total of 87 seconds. So three bursts that last approximatley 29 seconds each. I told her that was funny, because I have a hand held RF meter that measures RF radiation, and I have stood in front of one of these smart meters and was getting short microbursts lasting less than one second, between 6 and 12 per MINUTE. I also tested banks of multiple meters and what I discovered was shocking. Standing in front of a bank of 5 smart meters, my meter was picking up pulsed microbursts of RF radiation faster than 2 per second, about as fast as my meter can count. This bank is constantly emitting a steady, continuous stream of pulsed microwave radiation, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. I made a video and sent it to AMP.
Others who have been analyzing these readings estimate at a minimum, smart meters transmit over 9,000 times per day, and up to a maximum of 190,000. That is just for a single meter. For a bank of multiple meters, just multiply the number of meters times 9,000 for a minimum estimate. Visit for the studies showing this.
The apartment building I live in has 13 analog meters that are on the outside of my children’s shared bedroom wall. If AMP gets their way, my children will be subjected to a constant stream of pulsed RF radiation 24/7. This would be like having your bed right next to a cell phone tower, or an array of microwave ovens always on. I do not allow my children wireless devices because of the risks, I certainly do not want this in our home!
They say we can ‘opt-out’ for $125 and $10 a month. But what about the 12 other meters on my kid’s wall? This is extortion and discrimination, and is not fair to people who live in multi-unit buildings.
Rebecca Irwin saw my video, and when I asked for her response, she said, “We have an RF meter here and we’re planning to go out in the field to do some testing.” This was last week, and I’m still waiting to hear the results of this testing. I think all Alamedans have a right to know about this testing and the results of it.
I urge all concerned citizens to purchase an RF meter online, and conduct your own testing. Or contact myself ( to schedule a free RF test of your smart meter and other RF emitting devices. I also urge those concerned to attend the next Public Utilites Board meeting, Monday October 16, 7pm, at City Hall. You get 3 minutes to speak. I plan to talk about how the opt out disadvantages people in multi-unit dwellings, and I will ask for if at least one resident wants to opt out at an apartment building, then the whole bank is analog for no fee.
Three times a day is very different from 9,000-190,000 times a day. If the smart meters were only emitting 3 times a day, they would be a lot safer, but then there are still privacy, overcharging, and fire concerns. We need to enact a moratorium like 57 local governments (including Santa Cruz County, Marin County, and the city of Berkeley) have already done in California. To stop implementation of this new technology, and conduct further testing to make sure it is 100% safe before subjecting the public to it.

Christopher R. Rabe

Alameda arson timeline update

More information has been released about the times and locations of the fires that were set last Sunday, so I’ve decided to update the timeline.

12:56 a.m. – 1336 Regent St. – A trash bin blaze that crews quickly extinguished.

1:41 a.m. – 1188 Regent St. – Someone set the back of a two-story home ablaze, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.

————————————————————————————————-               Statements from co-workers says Stephen Petersen left Rooster’s Roadhouse, 1700 Clement Ave., between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m.   ————————————————————————————————-

2:21 a.m. – 1016 Walnut St. – Firefighters responded to a residential and vehicle fire that spread to another residence. The fire caused $300,000 in damage, including damage to a neighboring home, and it took until about 3:14 a.m. for firefighters to get it under control.

2:30 a.m. – 2103 San Jose Ave. –  Fire fighters respond to a detached garage fire. Petersen was arrested here, according to court documents filed by Alameda police Officer Michael Tangataevaha.

There are two conflicting reports of the time and location of Stephen Petersen’s arrest. The first reports stated that was arrested at 2:43 a.m. in front of his apartment, 2xxx Alameda Ave. Later reports state his arrest as 2:30 a.m. at 2103 San Jose Ave.

3:37 a.m. – 2260 Encinal Ave. – Firefighters responded to a garbage can fire.

4:11 a.m. – 1617 Park St. – Firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire where five businesses and multiple vehicles were found burning. The fire caused $2.6 million in damage. The police report states that Andrew Gutierrez was arrested at 4:11 a.m. at 1617 Park.

4:38 a.m. – 2326 Times Way – Firefighters responded to a garbage fire behind a business.

——————————————————————————————-There now also appears to be conflicting reports of suspect Andrew Gutierrez’s arrest. On the Alameda Police Department’s Daily Log for Sep. 28, it states that Gutierrez was arrested at 4:11 a.m. at 1617 Park. A recent news article states that, “Gutierrez was arrested nearby in the 1500 block of Oak Street just before 5 a.m., Alameda police Officer Brian Clark wrote in a probable cause statement.”                                                                                    ——————————————————————————————-

Alameda arson suspect Stephen Petersen: Activist or Extremist?

According to reports in the media, besides playing guitar in a folk band and being an employed sound technician, Stephen Petersen is also a known animal rights activist.

Some people seem to be confused about animal rights activism. Activism is not the same as extremism. 

I’ve come across another blogger that has informed me that arson is one of the top crime committed by animal rights extremists. So, I did some research. What data I found reinforces my assertion that suspected arsonist Stephen Petersen does not fit the profile of an animal rights extremist.

According to the FBI:

During the past several years, however, special interest extremism, as characterized by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), and related extremists, has emerged as a serious domestic terrorist threat. Special interest terrorism differs from traditional right-wing and left-wing terrorism in that extremist special interest groups seek to resolve specific issues, rather than effect widespread political change.

by far the most destructive practice of the ALF/ELF to date is arson. The ALF/ELF extremists consistently use improvised incendiary devices equipped with crude but effective timing mechanisms. These incendiary devices are often constructed based upon instructions found on the ALF/ELF websites. The ALF/ELF criminal incidents often involve pre-activity surveillance and well-planned operations. Activists are believed to engage in significant intelligence gathering against potential targets, including the review of industry/trade publications and other open source information, photographic/video surveillance of potential targets, obtaining proprietary or confidential information about intended victim companies through theft or from sympathetic insiders, and posting details about potential targets on the Internet for other extremists to use as they see fit.”

Let’s look at some of the methods ALF/ELF members use to further their cause (according to the FBI):

“The ALF/ELF extremists consistently use improvised incendiary devices equipped with crude but effective timing mechanisms.”

“ALF/ELF criminal incidents often involve pre-activity surveillance and well-planned operations.

“Activists are believed to engage in…posting details about potential targets on the Internet for other extremists to use as they see fit.”

Was Stephen Petersen a member of ALF/ELF?  I haven’t found anything that connects him. Simply being involved with animal rights activism doesn’t automatically make one a member of an extremist group, and therefore, a terrorist. People who follow this logic are likely to believe someone is a terrorist for carrying a pocket constitution, or for having a Ron Paul bumper sticker on their car.                      (MIACreport)

Critical thinking time. Does any of the above fit with the alleged arsonist Stephen Petersen? Were any improvised incendiary devices equipped with crude but effective timing mechanisms used? Does the incident sound like it was executed using well planned operations? Did the suspect post details about potential targets on the internet?

Here’s some more data on animal rights extremists-

According to “An Overview of Bombing and Arson Attacks by Environmental and Animal Rights Extremists in the United States, 1995-2010 U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security:

“…perpetrators were difficult to identify for several reasons: e.g., very few
were actively engaged in legal protests and movement-related activities prior to committing their crimes”

“…members of these groups consistently “announce” their responsibility for crimes via communiqués and press releases”

“…members of ALF did not specifically target private

“Specifically, meat/food processing plants (29.6%), universities (21.3%), fur/leather companies (16.7%), and fast food restaurants (10.2%) were high priority targets for ALF…”

” In general, the offenders who were involved in the bombing and arson incidents studied here were not particularly active in such activities”( movement-related)

“6.1% participated in movement-related protests. Even fewer
offenders leafleted (2.0%), and very few had a web presence (0.7%)”

“…both categories of offenders were not strongly engaged in publically promoting the aims of their
movements using legal avenues…”

Now I have to ask again, does any of this sound like Stephen Petersen? We know he was active in protests and he did have a web presence. Did he announce his intentions online? Did he target individuals involved in animal cruelty? Alameda police have already stated that they believe no one was specifically targeted, and the fires appear to be set at random. No individual was targeted.

Does standing up for animal rights automatically make one an extremist?

And then there’s Stephen’s connection to the Facebook group Vegan Anarchist/Total Liberation Network. Doesn’t sound very peaceful to you? Then you probably didn’t read the group’s description,  “We assert the need for more expansive visions and politics on all sides of the human/animal/Earth liberation equation, and we call for new forms of dialogue, learning, and strategic alliances. Human, animal, and Earth liberation are interrelated projects that must be fought for as one, as we recognize that veganism is central to peace, ecology, sustainability, nonviolence, and the healing of the major crises afflicting this plan”

      Anarchy can be peaceful and non-violent.

As a matter of fact, anarchists are known for opposing wars, unlike so called conservatives and many modern liberals who support them. Supporting the Republican or Democratic parties is supporting groups that are more violent than anarchists. With their wars they have killed millions. Before responding let me point out that I know there are some Republicans and Democrats that are pacifist. I’m not like some bloggers who see everything in either black or white. Believing in pacifism and anarchy is not an oxymoron.

Upon closer inspection, it does not appear that Stephen Petersen is a member of, or affiliated with animal rights extremist groups such as ALF. The fires that he is accused of starting are not consistent with attacks perpetrated by ALF extremists. Furthermore, my research supports the fact that Stephen Petersen does not match the profile of an ALF extremist, or an arsonist in general.

And a note to other bloggers out there- If you want readers to take your writing seriously, stay away from character insults (i.e. calling vegans “carrot heads”) and focus more on the facts concerning the truth.

Facts don’t add up with Alameda arson suspect Stephen Petersen.

The fires in Alameda this weekend affected many Alamedans. Being less than a block away from one of them, my bedroom was filled with the smell of smoke for most of Sunday. We were lucky, but still shocked that this happened so close.

After reading many articles, I’m starting to get the feeling that that Alameda Police may have arrested an innocent man.

Let’s consider the facts as reported by the media concerning the arrest of Stephen Petersen.

Petersen, 27, is a well-liked musician who hosts an open mike night in Alameda , and is a graduate of San Francisco State University, according to his friends.

“He’s always talked about nonviolence. It’s absolutely out of character,” said Shayna Butler, Petersen’s girlfriend.
Friends say Petersen is the lead guitarist for a local band called “Whistlin Past the Graveyard.”
They say he’s helped organize fundraisers for victims of drunk driving and women’s rights.
“He’s very into his community and helping people so this is the exact opposite of something he would do,” Zack Bateman.

“This is completely out of character,” co worker Justin Vanegas said.


Friends say Petersen was in the area of the fires because he lives nearby and was walking home from work.

“Me and another co-worker left at around 2:05. He left a little bit before us,” says James Bulman, who works as security at Rooster’s Roadhouse.

Justin Vanegas, 29, another musician in the Alameda scene, said he is one of Petersen’s closest friends. The two trade off doing sound engineering at Rooster’s Roadhouse on Clement Avenue. On Saturday night, Justin said his friend was working at the bar and got off his shift around 1:30 a.m. before walking home.

————Timeline of events————

The first fire was reported at 12:56 a.m. — a trash bin blaze on the 1300 block of Regent Street that crews quickly extinguished.
Statements from co-workers says he left Rooster’s between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m.
At 1:39 a.m., someone set the back of a two-story home on the 1100 block of Regent ablaze, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.

Firefighters responded at 2:22 a.m. to the 2200 block of San Antonio Avenue to a residential and vehicle fire that spread to another residence.

Firefighters responded to a vehicle fire at 2:34 a.m. Firefighters said that fire was possibly an extension from the San Antonio Avenue fire.
Stephen was arrested at 2:43 a.m. in front of his apartment, 2xxx Alameda Ave. There is another report he was detained in the 2100 block of San Jose Ave.
————————————————————————————————-At 3:29 a.m., firefighters responded to the 2000 block of Encinal Avenue to a garbage can fire.

At 4:11 a.m. firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire in the 1600 block of Park Street.

Firefighters responded at 4:39 a.m. to the 1500 block of Park Street to a garbage fire.

If Stephen left Rootser’s between 1:30 and 2:00 as at least two of his co-workers have reported, this would make it impossible for him to be at the location of the first two fires, and unlikely to be at the location of the third at 2200 San Antonio. I believe it is possible that as he was walking home on Alameda Ave., he would have heard the sirens and possibly smelled smoke. Perhaps he was curious and walked a block or two from his residence to see what was going on. Perhaps he walked straight home. Due to the conflicting reports we don’t know yet. We do know that his arrest at 2:43 a.m. was prior to at least three of the fires. What we can deduce from this information is that Petersen could not have been at the location of at least 5 (possibly 6) of the fires.

————Arsonist Profile————
Here are some of the most frequently documented characteristics of arsonists that do not match with Petersen.

Age 17-26

Poor academic performance

Antisocial behaviors and other crimes as an adolescent

Lack of stable interpersonal relationships; poor social skills

Poor occupational adjustment; employed in low-paying jobs often as a laborer

Alcoholism and/or substance abuse

The most frequently found disorder among arsonists is an antisocial personality disorder. Antisocial individuals often engage in a range of criminal behaviors including fire-setting as well as other destructive acts. The disorder is characterized by a failure to conform to social norms by repeated acts that are illegal, deceitful, impulsive, and aggressive. Such individuals are frequently referred to as psychopaths. They have a reckless disregard for the safety of self or others. They show no remorse for harm caused to others. Most repeat psychopathic arsonists also abuse alcohol and/or drugs, and dramatically increased their usage right before the fire-setting.
This doesn’t match with the 27 year old, university graduate, employed sound technician, folk guitarist, who refrains from using drugs or alcohol and has a girlfriend.

———– Andrew Gutierrez————
There’s not much reported about him so far. All I can find is that he is a 22 year old transient known to frequent Alameda and Oakland. There is a report that he was arrested near one of the fires. I cannot find reports of the time or exact location of his arrest. There is a surveillance video from the parking lot behind the 1600 block of Park St. that allegedly shows Gutierrez at the scene of the fire, then running away shortly before smoke is seen rising. I can’t identify the grainy image in the video, but authorities are saying it’s him.


In conclusion, I think there is a chance that the arrest of Stephen Petersen may be a mistake.  According to Lt. Jill Ottaviano, “Both men were arrested separately and they were in close proximity to the arsons,”  This is the only evidence ,other than the video that allegedly shows Gutierrez, that police are saying links the suspects to the crimes. More information is needed.