PLACER COUNTY, CA - A Granite Bay teen has been accused of attempted murder after allegedly tossing a bottle bomb into a neighbor's home late Wednesday night.
The 15 year old, a sophomore at Granite Bay High School, was arrested by Placer County sheriff's detectives Thursday.
Sheriff's department spokeswoman Dena Erwin said the victims, a family of four, did not wake up when a large rock was thrown through a front window of their home on Bentwood Way but did awake when a smoke alarm sounded.
They found a fire from a bottle that contained a flammable liquid burning in their home, Erwin said. The homeowners put out the flames themselves and no one was hurt.
The suspect was booked into Placer County Juvenile Hall on four counts of attempted homicide and one count of throwing an incendiary or destructive device, Erwin said.
Outside the Colosimo family home you can see the boards that cover the hole left by the firebomb, and although the physical damage to the home was kept to a minimum, the emotional toll has been significant. Now the neighborhood is trying to make sense of it all.
"He seemed like a nice kid, didn't really do anything bad, didn't say anything bad, wasn't really hurtful, so I didn't expect this from him at all," said 14-year-old Wyatt Colby, a friend of the Colosimos who says he knew the boy accused of the crimes.
Authorities aren't releasing the name of the 15-year-old arrested for firebombing the Colosimo family home, but the troubled teen's classmates at Granite Bay High School describe him as quiet and seemingly peaceful. That's why his arrest has made some rethink how well they know each other.
"It makes you think, I wonder if that guy likes me. I wonder what he's going to do next time I see him, you know. It just kind of concerns you. It makes you want to really be nicer to everybody," Colby said.
Investigators haven't said what motive the suspect may have had, and like many in the neighborhood, Colby can't understand why anyone would attack this particular home.
"Didn't even know he knew them. I don't think they even knew who he was until recently," Colby said.
"I can tell you they know who this is, yes, and that's about it," family spokesperson Nina Delgadillo said.
The Colosimos didn't want to appear on camera, so they asked friend and former federal agent Delgadillo, to speak on their behalf.
"Shortly after midnight their alarm went off. They came downstairs and found that there was a fire in their living room," Delgadillo said.
The Sheriff's office says the suspect had thrown a large rock through the front window, then a bottle of flammable liquid, which started a fire. The family was able to put out the flames, but the incident has left them shaken along with many in the neighborhood.
"They're very distraught right now, and they just really are trying to deal with this as a family," Delgadillo said.