Indian-American resident of California booked for allegedly setting fire to garage doors

Roshan Patel, 44 of Fremont, CA arrested by Fremont Police for allegedly lighting fires to four residential garage doors. Photo: Courtesy – Fremont Police Department Twitter

Fremont Police on Dec. 8 arrested 44 year-old Roshan Patel of Fremont, CA on arson charges and booked him at the Fremont City Jail. Police say Patel was a  suspect in at least four residential garage door fires, and that he knew at least one of the residents that he had targeted.

According to a press release from the Fremont Police Department, early morning on Dec. 8 undercover detectives were conducting surveillance for the serial arson suspect. Patel was allegedly involved in garage door fires in the areas- Castro Ln on Dec. 1, Cougar Ci on Dec. 4, and Hoyt St and Cougar Ci (same residence targeted as Dec. 4) on Dec. 6 in Fremont.

Police said officers were able to locate private residential camera footage that provided a general description of the suspect’s vehicle. Detectives matched the private camera footage to the Community Camera network, which then provided a license plate for the suspect vehicle.

Detectives began surveiling Patel and followed him to Hoyt St. at approximately 2.45 am on Dec. 8 morning to the same address that he targeted on Dec. 6.

Patel was arrested when he was running back to his vehicle after igniting a parked vehicle at the residence. Detectives used a nearby garden hose to extinguish the car fire, the Fremont Police Department said.

“Detectives arrested 44 yr old Roshan Patel after a series of 4 garage door fires over the past week. Detectives conducted surveillance on Patel and observed him set a vehicle on fire early this morning. He was arrested as he ran back to his vehicle,” tweeted Fremont PD on Dec. 8.




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