FAIRFIELD (KRON) — A man has been arrested in Fairfield Friday morning as a suspect in three firebombings, including one in front of the Police Department lobby, according to Fairfield police.
Just before 9:30 a.m. police announced that 39-year-old Michael Scott Jones is in custody for attempted murder and hate crimes.
The first incident took place Thursday around 10:00 p.m. Two victims were inside their apartment in the 2900 Block of North Texas St. when the suspect threw an explosive device through their window. Police and fire units responded and extinguished the resulting fire. The victims were not injured, according to police. Detectives were also called to the scene “due to the nature of the incident,” police said.
Then, around 11:00 p.m., officers responded to a car fire on Thames Ct. and realized the similarities between that incident and the North Texas St. fire.
The third incident happened around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning outside the Fairfield Police Department.
Police were able to connect all three instances and Jones was identified as a suspect. Police soon found him driving in his car in the 2900 Block of North Texas St. around 1:40 a.m., and arrested him without incident.
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Following these incidents, a bomb squad, along with police officers, were investigating the apartment complex in the 2900 Block of North Texas St. for several hours Friday morning.
Police initially warned residents they may hear “loud pops,” and that the noises would be part of the investigation.
Some residents in surrounding apartments were evacuated for their safety, according to police.
“This is related to an earlier incident where an incendiary device was released in front of the police department,” police said.
Around 8:30 a.m., authorities allowed residents back into their apartments.
“During the investigation, officers learned Jones is a neighbor of the two victims,” police said. “Over the past month, he had used racial epithets toward them and had been acting erratically.”
Jones was booked into Solano County Jail for attempted murder, committing a hate crime, two counts of possessing a destructive device, possessing a destructive device with the intent to injure people, exploding a destructive device with the intent to commit murder, and two counts of arson, according to Fairfield PD.
Police say there are no other outstanding suspects in this case.
Fairfield police are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigations Bureau at 707-428-7600. You can also call our Tip Line at 707-428-7345, Solano CrimeStoppers at 707-644-7867, or Text “TIP FAIRFIELDPD” followed by your message to 888777. Callers and texters can remain anonymous.
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