VACAVILLE (CBS13) – A Vacaville pastor, along with three others, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the firebombing of an occupied home.
On Thursday, Vacaville police received a call at 3:30 a.m. from someone inside the Chateau Circle residence, saying a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the home.
However, the residents — consisting of three adults and three children — were able to put the fire out, keeping damage to a minimum.
A responding officer spotted a lone rental car in the area heading towards the highway and stopped it. The occupants, 33-year-old Anthony Newbolt, of Sacramento; 28-year-old Richerd Wright, of Sacramento; and 30-year-old Kristen Broyles, of Citrus Heights, were arrested in connection with the firebombing.
Newbolt and Broyles told investigators they were homeless and staying at Fellowship Baptist Church.
Investigators say the Chateau Circle victim has an active restraining order against the church’s Pastor Mark Lewis, 39, who is also a suspect in four other incidents of harassment and vandalism against the victim since Christmas. One of those incidents includes bushes in front of the victim’s home being set on fire.
Along with evidence implicating Lewis as a co-conspirator, detectives found an illegal handgun and suspected methamphetamine in the pastor’s home.
Lewis was arrested for arson on an inhabited dwelling, conspiracy and stalking. He is being held at Solano County Jail on $500,000 bail.
Newbolt, Wright and Broyles were booked into Solano County Jail on charges of arson of an inhabited dwelling and possession of an incendiary device. Newbolt and Broyles also had unrelated outstanding warrants.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact the Vacaville Police Department at (707) 449-5200 or Det. Chris Lechuga at (707) 449-5269.