VISTA (CNS) - A North County man was behind bars Monday for allegedly burning down his own house following a weekend dispute with his wife, a sheriff's sergeant reported.
Emergency crews responding to a report of a structure fire in the 2900 block of Via del Robles in Fallbrook shortly after 10:30 p.m. Sunday arrived in the rural neighborhood to find a two-story home fully engulfed in flames, Sgt. Everard Dayrit said.
Firefighters told deputies they saw a suspicious-looking shirtless man walking away from the area. Patrol personnel then searched the area and found the suspect, 27-year-old Jade Antoine Taylor, on Gird Road, a short distance to the east.
Deputies detained Taylor, who lived at the fire-gutted house, for questioning and arrested him after his wife reported receiving a call in which he allegedly told her he had just torched their home.
The woman said she had left the residence with the couple's children earlier in the evening because her husband had been behaving in a "loud, belligerent and aggressive" manner, sheriff's Lt. Jim Duffy said.
Taylor was booked into Vista Jail on suspicion of arson. He was being held on $150,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday.
Fire investigators set the monetary losses from the blaze at $300,000. The home appeared to be a total loss, the lieutenant said.
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