Modesto arson investigated as attempted homicide

June 2, 2014 

Stanislaus County sheriff’s detectives on Monday were asking the public to help them find the person who started a south Modesto house fire that seriously burned a man as he escaped the blaze. Jonathan Couch suffered second- and third-degree burns on more than 75 percent of his body.

The arson case is being investigated as an attempted homicide. No suspects have been identified. Detective Frank Soria said they have had very little information from potential witnesses in the neighborhood. The fire was reported about 10:50 p.m. at the home in the 300 block of Glenn Avenue, between Crows Landing Road and Seattle Street.

Sheriff’s officials ask anyone with information about the fire to call Soria at (209) 525-7080 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email through the Crime Stoppers website,, or text tips to

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