FORESTHILL (CBS13) — A man is facing arson and attempted murder charges after detectives say he tried to light an occupied motorhome in Foresthill on fire.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office says, around 6 a.m. on November 7, a resident of a motorhome in Foresthill reported waking up to noises outside. The man went outside to find out what was going on and noticed a man he knew, 65-year-old Robert Byron Palmer, standing there. Palmer reportedly ran to his vehicle and drove off.READ MORE: Sacramento Mayor Joins Group Pushing For Reparations For Black Communities As Country Celebrates Juneteenth As Federal Holiday
The resident noticed smoke and flames coming from the back of his home and saw a burning stack of firewood under the trailer’s propane tank. It had apparently been started using a road flare. The resident was able to quickly put out the fire, deputies say.READ MORE: 'The Heat Is Unbearable': Friday Night Out Brings Sacramento Crowds Inside To Beat The Heat
An arrest warrant was soon issued for Palmer. The next day, he was arrested in Vallejo.
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Palmer, a Foresthill resident, is now facing attempted murder and arson charges. He has been booked into jail.