A church pastor and three others were arrested for trying to burn down a Vacaville home that had six people asleep inside.
Fellowship Baptist Pastor Mark Lewis, 39; Anthony Newbolt, 33, of Sacramento; Richerd Wright, 28, of Sacramento; and Kristen Broyles, 30, of Citrus Heights were arrested for arson and other crimes.
Vacaville Police Sgt. Jeff King said officers got a call from someone at the home on Chateau Circle on Thursday around 3:30 a.m. reporting that a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the house.
No was injured in the fire. King said the residents were able to put the fire out before emergency personnel arrived at the home, which only had minor damage.
Lewis, Newbolt and Wright were arrested when officers arriving at the scene saw a suspicious vehicle leaving the area, King said. Officers pulled the car over at the intersection of Ulatis Drive and Leisure Town Road on a code violation. King said it was the only vehicle on the road at the time and was heading to the highway from Leisure Town Road.
Inside the vehicle, officers found evidence of the Chateau Circle "fire bombing", King said. Lewis, Newbolt and Wright were booked into Solano County Jail for arson of a home with people inside and possession of an incendiary device.
During the investigation, officers found that the three suspects were living at the church, and one of the people living at the home on Chateau Circle had an active restraining order against the Lewis. King said Lewis was a suspect in four separate cases of harassment and vandalism since Christmas against the same victim. Bushes in front of the victim's home were set on fire in one incident, King said.
Lewis was arrested at his home at the Fellowship Baptist Church. King said officers found evidence linking him to the arson at the Chateau Circle home. They also found an illegal handgun and meth.
King said Lewis was booked into Solano County Jail for arson of a home with people inside, conspiracy and stalking. His bail is set at $500,000.