TEMECULA: Barricaded man with hostage ignites fire in Temecula home

TEMECULA – Deputies arrested a man who barricaded himself in a bedroom with an elderly woman and started a fire inside the home, a sheriff’s sergeant said Saturday, Dec. 30.

Deputies were dispatched at 12:08 p.m. Friday to a two-story house in the 32000 block of Corte Carmona when they received a suspicious circumstance call, said Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Menchaca.

When law enforcement personnel entered the home and attempted to open the door to the upstairs master bedroom where the 26-year-old suspect had barricaded himself, he allegedly lit a fire.

“Officers forced the bedroom door open and they were able to rescue the elderly female, and get her to safety,” Menchaca said.

As the interior of the home burned, the suspect broke a window and jumped onto the roof of the building.

Eventually the suspect was arrested and taken to a hospital for undisclosed injuries, according to Menchaca.

Riverside County firefighters put out the fire, he said.

The suspect, who was not publicly identified, will be booked into jail when he is released from the hospital, Menchaca said.

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