A parolee was recently returned into custody after he reportedly firebombed an occupied residence in Rio Linda, according to an official press release by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Billie Cooper, 50, is currently being held without bail and reportedly faces multiple charges, including attempted murder, arson, possession and ignition of a destructive device, child endangerment, threats to commit a crime resulting in great bodily injury, and violation of parole.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 9pm on June 17, 2013, deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of Hayer Circle with information suggesting the suspect (Cooper) was on the way to the location with the intent of burning down the residence. While on their way, deputies reportedly received an update that an explosive device had been thrown through a window into the home, causing a fire to begin inside the home with several adults and a 3 year old child inside.
Fire personnel were reportedly dispatched to the scene and deputies responded to the area to search for Cooper, who had reportedly fled on foot or bike. The occupants of the home were able to escape the residence and the fire was reportedly contained soon after. Around 9:20pm, deputies reportedly found Cooper hiding in nearby Dry Creek and took him into custody.
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