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Parolee arrested in firebombing of Rio Linda home

12:27 PM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
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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.


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