6-19-2009 UPDATE Pleasant Hill Police Discover Alleged Jealous Husband Robert Hoselton Who Set His Wife’s House On Fire Is Suspected Of Murdering Manuel Gwin CLICK HERE FOR UPDATE
A man arrested Thursday on suspicion of setting fire to his estranged wife’s Pleasant Hill home has also been arrested for a homicide discovered later that day, police investigators announced today. Officers responded to a home at 2931 Dorothy Drive at around 7:40 p.m. after a woman reported finding blood on the front porch of her friend’s home, according to the Pleasant Hill Police Department. Arriving officers located the body of a man inside the home. Police did not release the man’s identity and details surrounding his death are being withheld pending an autopsy. Investigators believe the homicide is connected to a suspected arson that occurred in the 1600 block of Mary Drive at about 4:35 p.m. Robert Hoselton, 39, had allegedly gone to the home at that address belonging to his estranged wife and set it on fire, according to police. Arriving officers found the garage of the home fully engulfed in flames and later found Hoselton suffering self-inflicted wounds in the backyard. He was taken into custody for arson and violating a restraining order. As Hoselton remained at a hospital being treated for his injuries, police arrested him for murder, and announced that a criminal complaint against him for the crime will be sought from the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. Anyone who might be able to provide information to aid the ongoing
investigation is asked to contact the Pleasant Hill police investigations division at (925) 288-4630.
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