FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man with a history of arson was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on new arson charges after allegedly tossing Molotov cocktails at neighbors’ homes on July 8.
Tim D. Morse, 40, also faces felony charges of assaulting a police officer. The Vacaville detective Morse is accused of attacking sat a few feet away from him during an afternoon probable cause hearing.
At the hearing, the detective testified that a 17-year-old Dundee Court resident was taking an afternoon nap in his backyard and was awakened by his barking dog. The dog was barking at Morse, who had come into the yard through a side gate carrying a baseball bat. The teen chased Morse out of the yard, with Morse shouting threats as he fled.
Later in the afternoon, a small fire erupted in the front yard of the home. As neighbors called 911, the teen quickly doused the fire, which burned a patch of grass and scorched the driveway. The teen then spotted Morse standing down the street and the teen confronted Morse about having just “disrespected” his home. After the pair exchanged words, the teen spotted a bottle with a rag protruding from a bag Morse was toting before Morse rode off on his bicycle, the detective testified.
Another Vacaville police officer testified that another neighbor saw Morse throw a bottle at a nearby home shortly after Morse had pedaled away from Dundee Court and shortly before police found Morse hiding in the bushes along the bank of Alamo Creek. Police used a stun gun as they arrested Morse, who was then examined at a nearby hospital. As he was being escorted from the hospital, he allegedly kicked the detective in the knee.
Morse, who has an arson conviction for another Vacaville fire in 2000, has been locked up since his arrest. The hearing ended with Morse being ordered to return to court Aug. 5 when he is set to be arraigned on three felony charges.
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