RIVERSIDE – A Riverside man set fire to his neighbor’s vehicle while making racially derogatory statements on Friday morning.
The suspect, later identified as 55-year-old Aubrey Clawson was witnessed pouring an unknown liquid near a neighbor’s vehicle and lighting a fire at around 10:15 a.m. As he set the fire, he was heard using racially and nationality-motivated statements. Clawson then returned to his apartment.
Officers from the Riverside Police Department responded to the 2900 block of Market Street and surrounded the suspect’s apartment home. They attempted to contact the suspect by phone and several minutes later, Clawson came out of his apartment and was taken into custody without incident.
The City of Riverside Fire Department Arson Investigation Unit responded to assist. The victim’s vehicle was not damaged as a result of the fire. Clawson was medically cleared at a local hospital and was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for arson, resisting arrest, and hate crime enhancements.
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