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Press Release: Attempted Murder & Arson
Agency: Canyon Lake Police
Station Area: Perris
Written Date: January 4, 2018 Time: 3:30 PM
Incident Date: January 3, 2018 Time: 3:00 PM
Incident Location: 28000 block of Yosemite Place, Canyon Lake, CA
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Curt Harris
File Number(s): CN180030006


David Brian Harry

On January 3, 2018, a female resident of Canyon Lake was inside her house when she was startled by a loud thud, similar to an earthquake.  Seconds later, a wooden stake crashed through her living room window, followed by a burning road flare.  The flare ignited the interior of her house, burning the window blinds and carpet.  However, she quickly retrieved the device and threw it onto her driveway before any further damage occurred. 

As the victim exited her house, she was confronted by her next-door neighbor; 45-year old David Brian Harry.  When the victim screamed at Harry to stop, he yelled several expletives and made vulgar comments about her.  At the same time, he ignited another road flare and set the victim’s wooden fence ablaze.  The victim was able to douse the flames with her garden hose before the house caught fire, but not before a portion of the fence was permanently damaged.    

The victim called 911, so Harry fled in his pick-up truck, which appeared to have been lodged against the victim’s house.  Within minutes of the emergency call, police officers from the Canyon Lake Police Department engaged Harry, but he fled in his truck.  Officers and Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies pursued Harry from Canyon Lake to Lake Elsinore, and then into the city of Corona, but he refused to yield to the emergency vehicles.

California Highway Patrol Officers assumed control of the pursuit and successfully disabled Harry’s truck tires on the 15-Freeway.  However, Harry continued to evade officers and led them on a slow speed pursuit on the 91-Freeway towards Orange County.

Harry’s vehicle eventually left the freeway near Featherly Park in Yorba Linda and came to rest near the intercounty bike trail.  Harry refused officers commands to surrender, but he was eventually placed under arrest after a brief struggle from resisting their attempts to detain him. 

Canyon Lake PD Officers took custody of Harry and transported him to the Sheriff Department’s Perris Station for further investigation while CHP impounded his vehicle.  After Harry was interviewed, he was booked at the Cois Byrd Detention Center for Attempted Murder, Arson and Committing a Felony while out on Bail.  Bail for Harry was denied since he had committed virtually the same criminal act in April 2017, and had attempted to burn down the same residence at that time.  

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation or information about similar incidents involving Harry is encouraged to contact Investigator Flores at the Perris Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 210-1000, or by email at PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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