Sacto 9-1-1
November 9, 2012
Granite Bay teen arrested, accused of firebombing residence

A 15-year-old Granite Bay boy has been arrested on suspicion of four counts of attempted homicide in the Wednesday night firebombing of an occupied residence.

The youth was taken into custody Thursday by Placer County sheriff's deputies. He is being held in Placer County Juvenile Hall in Auburn.

The boy, a sophomore at Granite Bay High School, went to the home in the 4800 block of Bentwood Way in Granite Bay about 11:30 p.m., according to a Placer County Sheriff's Department news release. He allegedly threw a large rock through a window at the front of the house, and then threw a bottle containing a flammable liquid at the same window, which started a fire.

The family of four inside the home were not awakened by the sound of breaking glass, but they were alerted a short time later by a smoke alarm and were able to extinguish the fire.

Sheriff's and South Placer Fire District officials immediately launched an arson investigation, which led detectives to the boy's nearby home, authorities said. The youth was interviewed and transported to Juvenile Hall.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin said the youth is thought to have had a perceived issue with teenagers in the targeted home, but it had not risen to a level that led the family to be concerned.

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