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Good Samaritan Bags LaGrange Arsonist

Sonora, CA — An arsonist has been arrested for starting two small vegetation fires in the LaGrange area.

Shortly after midnight Saturday, an intoxicated 39 year old Reuben Lopez was apprehended by a passerby who witnessed the San Jose resident lighting two small grass fires along Bonds Flat Rd. in the LaGrange area.

According to the Tuolumne County Sheriff´s Department, not only did the Atwater “good samaritan” apprehend Lopez, he also extinguished the small fires by himself. A security guard then maintained control of Lopez until sheriff´s deputies arrived to make the arrest.

The state prison parolee was booked into the county jail on two counts of arson and violation of parole. No bail was set.

Written by Bill Johnson