SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A 24-year-old man attacked his 69-year-old grandmother and then set fire to her home Wednesday afternoon, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Sacramento Metro Fire responded to the duplex in the 4000 block of Birchgrove Way in the Rosemont area and put out the fire after the woman called 911.
The suspect, identified as Donald Evans, fought with sheriff’s deputies when they arrived at the home, but he was eventually taken into custody, according to sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos.
Neighbor Chris Hall said he heard an explosion and then saw the fire in the back of the home.
“There was like a loud bang, and then we came outside to see what it was and the house was on fire,” Hall said. “The house was just going up in flames.”
Evans’ grandmother gave one reason behind her grandson’s violent behavior.
“It’s drugs. That’s all I know,” she said.
Evans is facing charges of arson, elderly abuse, and making criminal threats. His grandmother, 69, was reportedly OK.