RIO LINDA, CA - A man is looking at some expected stiff charges including attempted murder for a firebombing at a Rio Linda home Monday night, according to a sheriff's spokesperson.
Suspect Billie Cooper, 50, was found hiding in a creek less than 20 minutes after an explosive device was thrown into the residence on the 1000 block of Hayer Circle around 9 p.m., said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.
Deputies were already enroute to the home after dispatchers received a call saying Cooper was headed to the home with the intention of burning it down, Ramos said. As deputies drove to Rio Linda, a second call came in reporting something was thrown through a window and started a fire in the home.
Several adults and a 3-year-old child got out safely and the fire was extinguished, Ramos said. There were no injuries.
Meantime, deputies located Cooper in nearby Dry Creek.
Cooper, a parolee, was arrested and booked into custody on suspicion of arson, possession and ignition of a destructive device, child endangerment, threats to commit a crime resulting in great bodily injury, and parole violation in addition to attempted murder.