ANTIOCH — A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson and assault with a lethal weapon in reference to an assault at a homeless encampment that just about despatched flames to a number of close by residents’ doorsteps Wednesday, authorities stated.
Round 6:05 p.m., officers responded to a report of an assault on the encampment close to Hillcrest Avenue and Wild Horse Drive.
As they approached, officers stated a person had struck one other particular person within the head with a steel pipe earlier than lighting a rag on fireplace and tossing it into the particular person’s camp space.
The rag caught the encampment on fireplace earlier than spreading to a close-by hill beside the 4200 block of Spaulding Avenue, however Contra Costa Fireplace Safety District firefighters managed to reply to the realm and extinguish the flames thanks partially to favorable situations.
Paramedics offered the assault sufferer with take care of minor accidents, police stated.
After a resident shared an image with officers of a person who had fled the realm on a bicycle, an Antioch police corporal noticed a person with a similar-looking bicycle crossing Hillcrest at Larkspur Drive a few mile and a half away. A search of the person yielded what police described as an incendiary system.
The person was arrested on suspicion of arson, assault with a lethal weapon and possession of an incendiary system, and booked into Martinez county jail.
A ConFire arson investigator and Antioch police are investigating the incident. Anybody with data could name the police division’s non-emergency line at 925-778-2441 or text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) utilizing the important thing phrase ANTIOCH, referencing case No. 21-8716.
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.