Riverside Police Department officials have confirmed that a 35-year-old man has been arrested and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of arson and attempted robbery.
The man, who has since been identified as Brian Buell, is being held on $205,000 bail bonds.
The incident took place in late-December, according to a report by Press Enterprise, when the suspect walked into a bank and demanded money. From there, he spit and “poured gasoline” inside the bank and threatened to burn down the building unless he was given money.
Police say he also tried to light a roll of toilet paper on fire to ignite the trail of gasoline, but was unsuccessful due to the rain that afternoon.
The suspect fled before police arrived but officers were able to track him down a short time later. He continues to be detained in the Riverside County Jail.
Court records show Buell has prior convictions for auto theft, robbery and burglary.
Original article: Man accused of trying to rob, set fire to Riverside bank is charged