ONTARIO, Calif. – A Riverside man was arrested after setting fire to seven vehicles in the City of Ontario on Saturday.
At around 1:50 a.m. a suspect poured gasoline onto a vehicle in the Folk Inn parking lot then lit it on fire. “The gasoline spread to six other vehicles, engulfing them in flames before the Ontario Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire,” Ontario Police officials said. “The fire caused the evacuation of several hotel guests at both the Folk Inn and the neighboring hotel, the Azure Hotel.” Neither of the buildings sustained any damage and no injuries were reported as a result of the fire.
Officers learned that the fire was targetted at the suspect’s female acquaintance. Investigators were able to identify the suspect as 27-year-old, Matthew Toyotome by viewing the video surveillance. Police officials said that Toyotome was associated with a cosplay group that was attending the anime convention over the weekend. He was arrested at his home later in the morning without incident and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for Arson and Stalking.
The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to call the Ontario Police Department at 909-986-6711 or Detective Brian Darwin at 909-408-1767. Information can also be reported anonymously by calling WE-TIP at 800-78-CRIME ir online at www.wetip.com
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