PD: Glendale citizen puts out fire, chases arson suspects

PD: Glendale citizen puts out fire, chases arson suspects
Posted at 11:47 AM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 14:47:16-04

A man was able to put out a fire and chase after arson suspects in Glendale. 

Glendale police report that on July 4 a citizen saw a man toss an item out of his white Chrysler 300 at a park near 45th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The item started a fire at the park.

The citizen located the car and was able to take some photos of it before it sped away. He then saw the front door of a home on fire. He called the police and began to put out the fire with a garden hose. Other citizens, officers and firefighters arrived to finish putting out the fire.

Police say the pictures of the vehicle were similar to the one used in an armed assault of a man outside a convenience store the week prior. The victim identified 20-year-old Angel Aranda as the suspect, saying that his roommate and Aranda have an ongoing dispute. The victim lives at the home where Aranda used the Molotov cocktail to start the fire.

Police say no one was home at the time of the fire. 

Police tracked down and arrested Aranda on July 11. He allegedly admitted to police that he made and threw the 'Molotov cocktail' to, "send a message to the people living there."

He's been charged with arson and weapons misconduct.