Former Fire Fighter Accused Of Attempted Arson

NORTH SAN JUAN (CBS13) – A former firefighter has been arrested after he threw an incendiary device at a home in the Nevada County town of North San Juan, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s department.

Nevada County deputies arrested 40-year-old Keenan Mann Browning on Saturday afternoon after he allegedly harassed then threw a Molotov cocktail at the home of Tabitha Bauer, a former roommate.

Deputies were called to Bauer’s home on School Street twice on Saturday. Bauer says the first time was at 9:20 a.m. when Browning trespassed on her property and drove his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in circles. He left and returned three hours later with a Molotov cocktail, which he allegedly threw at her home. The homemade bomb broke, but did not explode. Deputies found the broken bottle and a wick.

Deputies spotted Browning later in the afternoon. He refused to pull over and led deputies on a chase before being taken into custody on Tyler Foote Road.

Browning was arrested and booked into the county jail on suspicion of arson of an inhabited structure, evading a peace officer, driving on a suspended license and violating probation. He is being held without bail.

  • Cal

    Isn’t that attempted arson since there was no fire?

    • respnse to Cal.

      Once the device was thrown, it is no longer attempted. The act has been completed…. whether it ‘worked’ or not.

      • lorelei

        This man is a psycopath plain and simple. He is also my EX son-in-law. He has a history of domestic abuse, convictions and has served time for the offenses, and this latest excapade is another example of his rage against women. He cannot sustain a relationship, when the woman stands up to him or does not do his bidding or leaves him this is what he does. With my daughter it was a shotgun to the head and a try at hanging her from a bolted in shower rod, the latest was a sever beating using the butt end of a rifle to smach the back of head with. This latest was a warning, if he had not been caught beacuse the woman had the guts to call it in she may have wound up in very serious conditions. I would not be surprised next time I hear of his escaped the results are deadly…either the womans or his by self dense. He took a plea on this case so it will not be long before he is out among us again, he really neds to be locked up in a mental institution.

  • sally

    what a Dumb A$$

    • lorelei

      He is mopre than that. He is a narcistic, psychotic psycopath who when rejected by women attacks them verbally then bodily. I should know as it did it to my daughter and to members of my family including myself…he never touched me but he tried to intimidate and threaten me…don’t work on me though.

  • sassafras

    Hey ex firemen are like any other layed off people, I saw three layed off firemen setting a bone dry grass hill side on fire above a mobile home park. I was using my binoculars looking for our Australian Sheperd who managed to get over the fence and took off for the hills, we called the police and they got
    the guys, god they started an awful fire that burned thousands of acres. and the smoke was horrible day and night for a while.

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