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TCSO: Man Arrested for Trying to Set Fire to Los Molinos Church

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office say deputies arrested a man for trying to set fire to a Los Molinos Church.

Posted: Aug. 27, 2018 7:21 AM
Updated: Aug. 27, 2018 12:15 PM

Los Molinos, Calif. - The Tehama County Sheriff's Office say deputies arrested a man for trying to set fire to Los Molinos Church.

The Sheriff's Office says deputies reponded to the Los Molinos Methodist Church on Josephine Street at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday concerning suspicious activity.

Deputies say they found Mark Boles, 51, trying to ignite a 250-gallon propane tank behind the church using a portable burning torch.

Boles refused multiple orders to stop what he was doing, according to deputies.He then had to be moved away from the propane tank using a high presure water hose from a fire truck at the scene.

He then fled the scene and was apprehended immediately after fleeing behind the church. There, he reportedly struggled with deputies trying to detain him, and he was ultimately subdued and arrested.

Boles is now facing felony charges of Arson, Possession of an Ignition Device, Criminal Threats and Resisting Arrest. He is behind bars in the Tehama County Jail.

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