VACAVILLE — Police arrested four people, including a local pastor, after an alleged failed attempt to burn down an occupied home on Chateau Circle early Thursday morning.
Vacaville police received a call at 3:30 a.m. Thursday from a person inside a residence on Chateau Circle, saying a Molotov cocktail had been thrown into the home, according to a news release.
No one was injured. Damage to the home was minimal as the occupants were able to extinguish the fire before emergency personnel arrived.
Police said six people were asleep in the residence at the time of the incident, including three children.
As police and fire units responded to the home, a patrol officer spotted a rental vehicle driving north on Leisure Town Road at Ulatis Drive. The officer made a traffic stop for an alleged Vehicle Code violation, the release states.
Anthony Newbolt, 33, of Sacramento, Richerd Wright, 28, of Sacramento, and Kristen Broyles, 30, of Citrus Heights, were in the vehicle. Police said they obtained information and evidence implicating all three in the fire bombing on Chateau Circle.
Newbolt, Wright and Broyles were arrested and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of arson of an inhabited dwelling and possession of an incendiary device.
Wright and Newbolt were held on $70,000 bail. Broyles was also booked on suspicion of transporting a controlled substance. Her bail was set at $105,000.
Police said Newbolt and Broyles, both of whom had unrelated outstanding arrest warrants, told investigators that they had been staying at the Fellowship Baptist Church on Farrell Road in Vacaville because they are homeless. Police said the victim in the arson case has an active restraining order against the pastor of the church, Mark Lewis.
Lewis, 39, was also named as a suspect in four separate incidents of harassment and vandalism against the arson victim since Christmas, police said.
In one incident, bushes in front of the victim’s home were set on fire.
Lewis resides in a home at Fellowship Baptist Church, and officers executed a search warrant at the home. Police said they seized evidence during the search, including a handgun and suspected methamphetamine. Detectives said they also found evidence implicating Lewis as a co-conspirator in the Thursday morning arson case, according to the release.
Lewis was arrested on suspicion of arson on an inhabited dwelling in the Thursday incident as well as conspiracy and stalking. He was booked at the county jail with bail set at $500,000.
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