East Bay guy charged with torching Martinez enterprise that fired him

Harmony — A not too long ago terminated employee suspected of placing a few fires at the Martinez construction enterprise where he utilized to do the job has been arrested on a number of counts of arson and other crimes, the Contra Costa County Fireplace Safety District said Tuesday.

The suspect, Fabian Vera, 36, was arrested March 16 in Bay Stage by Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies. He was scheduled to be arraigned in court docket Tuesday.

Authorities explained Vera — who is homeless but life in the East Bay — is suspected of location a few fires at JFC Development, 4901 Pacheco Blvd., in Martinez about 7:20 p.m. March 10.

Just one fire burned a Ford F-250 utility truck and an out of doors storage rack containing spools of telecom cable. Another fireplace was inside a wheelbarrow roughly 30 ft from the burned automobile and underneath a roof overhang masking an prolonged storage area, which was also harmed. The other was situated adjacent to a stack of lumber elsewhere in the storage garden.

The fires triggered a lot more than $75,000 damage and had the prospective to induce significant structural injury had they not been promptly contained, the district reported in a release.

District investigators determined the small business had been having problems with a a short while ago terminated employee, recognized as Vera, and acquired surveillance video demonstrating Vera inside the shut business facility vandalizing assets and leaving the space at the time the fires experienced been established, in accordance to the launch.

Authorities did not say when Vera was terminated or why. District investigators attained a warrant for his arrest which occurred March 16.