Ex-Boyfriend Burns the House Down, Returns to the Scene of the Crime
Photo: a burning house (The Columbian)
FONTANA – On Halloween SBSD Recieved a 9-1-1 call from a frantic female at 11:42 PM. Deputies from the Fontana Sherriff Starion were deployed to the 9800 block of Arbor Avenue. The anonymous victim told of an angry ex-boyfriend, Marlon Castro (30) of Fontana, who’d broken into her home.
Castro’s threats to burn the house down spurred the woman to grab her two children and make a run for it. As she drove away, a large amount of thick black smoke billowed from her home.
Arriving Deputies encountered an area whipped by high winds, with the abode thoroughly engulfed in flames. They cleared the area and searched for potential victims inside and out.
The Fire Department extinguished the flames, but the residence was completely destroyed. Deputies and Sheriff’s Aviation scoured the area for Castro, but he’d disappeared.
Investigators stepped in to develop leads from area residents and witnesses regarding Castro’s whereabouts.
Two days later, a sighting of the suspect occurred on 11/2/19 at approximately 11:23 AM. He was apprehended and arrested near the scene of the crime without incident.
Castro was transported to the West Valley Detention Center, and booked for Criminal Threats, Residential Burglary, and Arson.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Investigators at the Fontana Sheriff’s Station (909)356-6767. To remain anonymous call the We-Tip Hotline 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or leave information via www.wetip.com