Antioch: Man Arrested After Setting Apartment on Fire, Assaulting Firefighters


At 2:35 am Friday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters and Antioch Police responded to a report of a man who set his apartment on fire in the 2100 block of Peppertree Way in the City of Antioch.

Firefighters responded to locate the exterior of the home on fire along with a fire in a back bedroom and as they attempted to extinguish, the male threw a book shelf out the window and began throwing items at firefighters stated Antioch Police.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the man was taken into custody by Antioch Police.

This is the second time in 72-hours police had been to the home as on Wednesday, they had a nearly 4-hour standoff with the male who barricaded himself in the apartment before a peaceful resolution and the man was taken for mental evaluation.

Police said early Friday morning, the male was arrested on multiple charges including arson and assault. No other injuries were reported.

Crews were on scene for just over 2-hours.

Will update should police issue additional information.



  1. I’m thinking that whoever did the “mental evaluation” on him should be questioning their qualifications for that position. A four hour stand-off with Police on Wednesday probably should’ve meant a 72 hour hold for that mental evaluation.

    • You can’t deal with these people. Nothing can help them. Mental evaluation is a waste of time. It’s obvious, the guy is crazy! Even with medical intervention, they won’t take their meds and we’re back to square one!

  2. Expect more of these reports as the County receives mentally ill people that end up in Antioch.

    • This is why we must carry something with which to protect ourselves. You never know when some crazy goes even more beserk and goes after you. Be prepared!

  3. The City should have cleaned up that place decades ago! The feds should have been brought in to deal with the drug and crime problem like they did in other cities across the country where the cities were helpless to do anything. Now, things have gone from bad to worse!

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