SOUTH SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A man has been arrested on arson charges in connection with a fire that broke out near a candlelight memorial for a murdered 3-year-old boy.
Vinh Van Hoang, 53,. was arrested on Sunday night by Sacramento County Sheriff’s after a two-alarm fire heavily damaged a duplex on Loucreta and Palmer House Drives.
The duplex is located behind the memorial for 3-year-old Jorge Azios, who was killed in a drive-by shooting while riding in his dad’s car on July 4.
Police aren’t saying whether the house fire was caused by a candle from the memorial, but are calling the fire suspicious.
Investigators say Hoang just came upon the memorial scene and “acted up”, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dept. Deputy Jason Ramos. They don’t believe Hoang’s action had anything to do with the homicide case.
“We’re in the preliminary stages of the investigation with law enforcement, and haven’t been able to rule out the candles from the vigil here at this point,” said Sacramento Metro Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Walt White.
Hoang is being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail on a felony arson charges and felony violation of probation. His bail is set at $200,000.
The blaze started just hours after the sheriff’s department released the photos of the suspects in the death of the three-year-old.
Investigators are looking for 20-year-old Gabriel Quintero, 17-year-old Eric Minjares and 16-year-old Marcus Weber. They are also looking for the suspect vehicle which is a white 1999 Ford Expedition.
If you know anything about the suspects or suspect vehicle, please call the Sheriff’s Department.