A man caused a three-hour stand-off after setting his mother’s Central Modesto home on fire and holing up inside.
Around noon, the Modesto Fire Department was called to the scene at Terrace Place across from Sherwood School on a report of a fire. When they arrived, they found smoke coming from a front bedroom, and a man who apparently had barricaded himself inside the residence. Firefighters called The Modesto Police Department and worked to put out a small fire.
Officers arrived and set up a crime scene. The police used negotiators and a public address system to try to communicate with the man, but he had cut off all communications. A police department drone was called and deployed to help get a better idea of the scene. Terrace Place was closed to traffic during the standoff.
Modesto Police Sgt. Pat Kimes said around 3 p.m. the man was found outside of the house in the backyard area and he then surrendered to police. His mother, who was in the home at the start of the incident, was able to get out uninjured, as was the suspect. Kimes said mental health issues are believed to be involved in the case. The man, whose identity is not being released at this time, was arrested and booked for arson.
Modesto Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland contributed to this report.