Another homeless man arrested for arson in SLO
July 27, 2016
San Luis Obispo police arrested a homeless man for starting fires in a dumpster and two trash cans on Madonna Road Tuesday morning. The incident marked the second time this year police accused a homeless man of starting a fire in the area.
It is unknown, though, whether either suspect is responsible for any of the numerous other arson incidents that have occurred in the city over the past couple years.
At about 6:05 a.m., officers and firefighters responded to the 200 block of Madonna Road where it was reported that a dumpster and two trash cans were lit on fire. About 30 minutes after arriving at the scene, an officer detained 32-year-old Mario Furtado, who was still in the area.
The initial investigation indicated Furtado had set the fires, a police department press release states. Officers checked nearby businesses and found surveillance footage which showed a person resembling Furtado starting the fires in the dumpster and trash cans.
Police arrested Furtado and charged him with arson. Investigators do not believe any other suspects were involved in Tuesday’s incident.
San Luis Obispo officers are still investigating dozens of fires that arsonists set over the last two years. Many of the recent arson fires have been set in areas where homeless people congregate, and some have targeted homeless people’s belongings.
A fire set in February behind a San Luis Obispo Vons burned a homeless woman’s belongings while she was sleeping. In March, police charged another homeless man with arson.
That arson suspect, Daniel Delgado, also allegedly set a fire in the 200 block of Madonna Road. Delgado started a small fire next to a gas pump at the Shell station at 204 Madonna Road, according to the police department. Officer ultimately located Delgado in county jail, where he was booked on other charges.
Officers booked Furtado in jail on Tuesday morning. Furtado remains in custody with his bail set at $65,000, according to the county sheriff’s office website. In addition to two counts of arson, he also faces charges of possession of stolen property and disorderly conduct or refusing to identify.