PD: Man tries to set fire to ICE building in PHX

Posted at 4:09 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 18:11:42-05

A man was arrested after trying to set the downtown Phoenix Immigration and Customs Enforcement Building on fire, according to police.

Court documents indicate 46-year-old Arnaldo Moreno Vega removed his clothes, spread them across Central Avenue near Thomas and set them on fire New Year's Eve.

As ICE agents watched, Vega took some of the flaming clothes and flung them at the building trying to catch it on fire. Vega then went on to set fire to papers at a nearby bus stop.

Phoenix police say several people called saying Vega was causing disturbances at the ICE building over the previous four days, continually saying he wanted to return to Cuba. 

According to court papers, Vega says and ICE confirms that a judge signed an order of removal, but ICE will not deport him. 

Police say after Vega's arrest, he kicked a police officer in the face and broke the door of the transport van.

Vega has prior convictions for DUI, battery and theft. He is now being held on charges of aggravated assault on an officer and criminal damage.