The Banning Police Department has arrested a man after he broke into a residence, barricaded himself inside and then proceeded to set the structure ablaze.
22 year-old Jose Alvarez was taken into custody a short time later. He was arrested and transported to the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility where he is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. Alvarez is being charged with burglary and suspicion of arson. He is due to appear back in court on Feb. 8.
In order for the defendant to be released from custody he will need to hire a Banning bail bonds company. That can be done at a cost equal to 10% of his total bail amount. The person who cosigns the bond agreement would be responsible for payment and would also be taking responsibility that Alvarez would appear before a judge when required.
A department spokesperson said that at the time the incident took place they were responding to a call that an unidentified man was throwing objects at people and passenger vehicles. When they arrived on the scene the suspect fled on foot into the back yard of a nearby residence. Instead of giving himself up he broke in through a window. Alvarez then set the home on fire and attempted in an effort to distract officers while he tried to flee. That effort was unsuccessful. He was arrested moments later.
The home is reported to have sustained severe damage.