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Antioch Arson Suspect Escapes, Fire Investigators Nab 4 Arson Suspects

by ECT
Arson Suspect

Over the weekend, Contra Costa County Fire Investigators took four arson suspects into custody within a 48-hour period related to 33-different fires.

Antioch Arson Suspect Escapes

On Saturday, Contra Costa County Fire had responded to a series of fires over a period of 24-hours at the Hillcrest Park off Larkspur Drive. Saturday night, while responding, a fire investigator spotted the suspect (see above photo) and while getting out of his vehicle, the suspect took a swung at the investigator.

This led to a short foot pursuit followed by a physical altercation where the suspect and investigator wrestled on the ground with at one point the suspect attempting to pull the investigators gun from his holster. Antioch Police Department officers arrived on scene and were forced to utilize their taser several times before taking him into custody and then to a local hospital.

According to CONFIRE, while at the hospital on a 5150 hold, the suspect assaulted hospital staff and fled the scene.

As of Tuesday morning, he is not in custody and Antioch Police are presenting the case to the District Attorney to get a warrant. The suspect’s name was not released.

Suspect in Fires Near Costco in Custody

Contra Costa County Fire had been working a fire investigation with an ongoing series of fire near Costco in the City of Antioch. Working with Costco management, they identified a suspect who happened to be a contract security guard for Costco. The suspect was identified as Gideon Edward Spence, 33 of Concord.

After a search warrant was obtained and a search of his house and vehicle, evidence collected allowed the Contra Costa County District attorney to file 12-felony counts of arson.

Concord Arson Suspect Arrested

On Saturday at 1:22 am, Contra Costa County Fire Investigators, along with Concord Police and California Highway Patrol responded to the area of Port Chicago Highway and SR-242 for a report of several spot fires along the roadway. Authorities located a suspect who was taken into custody. The suspect was identified as Victor Jaime-Esquivias, a 46-year-old transient.

Arson Suspect Arrested

A fourth arrest for a series of fires occurred, however, CONFIRE is still investigating and no additional information is being released at this time.

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5 comments

Jaimoe May 10, 2022 - 7:18 pm

So….. Arrested for arson, assault on police , assault on hospital staff and “top it off” with escape ….. suspects name NOT released.
~ A violent arsonist is on the loose and his name is being withheld.~
Is this guy being protected for a reason and if so ,by whom? Is he a FeD , or part of Zombie Joe’s Army? 🤔

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MR May 11, 2022 - 8:21 am

How is someone who is under arrest left unguarded? And why is his identity withheld?

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Robert May 11, 2022 - 9:51 am

Why was he on a 5150 hold and not arrested and jailed awaiting arraignment – he is a criminal whether crazy or not. He does not deserve his freedom while endangering our neighborhoods in Antioch. Sounds like he is a proven danger to others beyond yo 72 hour hold.

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MEV May 12, 2022 - 4:20 pm

30 fires 🔥 with his skumbag drug buddies not enough; wow 😮

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Jaimoe May 16, 2022 - 11:19 am

I just had a buddy research this. It’s a Gov. Operation. An “inside job” if you will.
This shit is funded by the government.
They’re trying to silence me from telling everyone. Hoard ammo, lest we forget the Nazis.

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