Suspects to stand trial in Vacaville arson case

By From page A4 | July 03, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Three of four suspects in the Jan. 9 firebombing of a Vacaville home were ordered Wednesday to stand trial on felony arson charges.

Kristen M. Broyles, 30, Anthony T. Newbolt, 33, and Richerd J. Wright, 28, all previously pleaded not guilty to charges of arson and possessing an incendiary device.

The incendiary device was a small glass Snapple bottle that had been filled with 32 cents of gasoline purchased in the middle of the night at a Leisure Town Road convenience store, according to police testimony during the trio’s probable cause hearing. The bottle was then stuffed with a strip of cloth from a T-shirt, which was briefly kept on the dashboard of a moving van that Broyles allegedly drove to a street near Chateau Circle, where she parked and waited while Newbolt and Wright allegedly walked to the home around 3:30 a.m., police said.

The thick glass bottle shattered a front glass window, but the bottle did not break and the fire was quickly doused by the residents. There were six people, including three children, in the home at the time of the fire.

The trio was seen driving from the area and an alert Vacaville police officer decided to pull the moving van over for a minor traffic infraction.

Broyles did not have a license and she allegedly lied about her identity, police said. The van had been rented by someone else. Newbolt also allegedly lied about his identity and was mum about being on parole, according to police testimony.

Broyles told the cop that they were all moving her stuff to the Fellowship Baptist Church. Mention of the church triggered a red flag because one of the residents of the targeted house was the recently estranged girlfriend of the church’s pastor, the Rev. Mark W. Lewis.

Lewis is scheduled to be in court Thursday for his probable cause hearing on arson charges.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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