LAKE FOREST (CBSLA) — A Mission Viejo man, who police say set fire to two American flags in the bed of a pickup truck at an Orange County high school, is facing felony arson charges.

Deputies responded to a reported fire in the bed of a truck in the parking lot at El Toro High School in Lake Forest just before noon Thursday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

When they arrived on scene, witness told them a man stopped near a student’s car and set fire to two American flags that were displayed in the truck bed, OCFA said. The suspect then fled the scene.

Photos of the vehicle showed the truck also had a “TRUMP Keep America Great” bumper sticker on its back window.

Sheriff’s officials released this photo showing the partially-burned truck bed. (Photo via OCSD)

No injuries were reported.

Authorities say after the suspect’s license plate number was caught on surveillance video, a sheriff’s deputy located the car and conducted a traffic stop.

The suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Benjamin Bauch, admitted to the arson and was taken into custody, sheriff’s officials said.

Bauch was set to be booked into Orange County Jail on two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of arson.

The investigation is ongoing.

Comments (24)
  1. Tyrone says:

    Trump Sucks

    1. Trump is the Best says:

      Trump 2020 KAG

    2. Bear Foxtrot says:

      So this is ok?

  2. Alexander O says:

    Benjamin Bauch hates free speech, what a low life. I should feel free to display my flag and political preference without worrying about whiners and losers

  3. wraif says:

    so he likes burning things…

    stake him out and burn him at the stake

    take him away

  4. The violence against Trump supporters is increasing and if they start striking back, it will not end well for the Democrats or their followers.

  5. V12Tommy says:

    Keep it up snowflakes. Eventually a Trump supporter is going to fight back when you pull stunts like this. I know the derangement on the left have turned me into a first time Trump voter this November.

  6. Trump2020 says:

    This should be charged as a “hate crime” Don’t forget the recall for Newsom the instigator of these hate crimes

  7. Bob Kellum says:

    This is a Hate Crime!!!!

  8. Kristin says:

    Props for the swift apprehension by local law enforcement when alerted of this action! INDEED, all legal American Citizens have the right to free speech and should be protected to do so! THANK YOU to the Orange County Sheriff’s Dept! America the land of the FREE because of the BRAVE!!

  9. Me With M.E. says:


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