Santa Rosa police have arrested a man suspected of setting three fires in the city early this morning, a police sergeant said. Police received a call reporting a vandalism incident around 12:50 a.m., Santa Rosa police Sgt. David Linscomb said. Lincscomb said a window was broken at a business at the Brotherhood Boardshop, a skate shop at 1240 Mendocino Ave., and the suspect
was seen running toward the Santa Rosa Junior College campus.
The suspect escaped, and a short time later an arson fire was reported in the back of a pickup truck on the campus, Linscomb said. A second arson fire was then reported in a trash can at a business at 2074 Armory Drive near the junior college, Linscomb said. Santa Rosa police then spotted a man who matched the vandal’s description running across Cleveland Drive near Terry Avenue around 1:30 a.m., Linscomb said.
Police searched a nearby apartment complex and found the man, whom they identified as 21-year-old Scott Michael Layman of Santa Rosa. Layman was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail for arson. He is also suspected of lighting bushes and a tree on fire near the Santa Rosa Inn at 2632 Cleveland Ave., Linscomb said.All the fires were extinguished quickly and no structures were damaged, Linscomb said.
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