A San Jose man has been arrested in connection with two arson cases that occurred just minutes apart on March 30.
Antonio Bolanos, 28, was arrested at Rengstorff Park on March 31, less than a day after officers responded to two fires – one on Latham Street at Escuela Avenue and the other at Rengstorff Park.
In the fire that was set on Latham Street, a palm tree was set on fire and then minutes later at the park, a dumpster. In both cases, the suspect was identified as a Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, wearing dark-colored clothing and black shoes with white soles.
Following the fire at the dumpster, a city Parks employee let police know that he spotted a man who matched the description in the park shortly after the dumpster fire, and would contact us again if the suspect was spotted. The next morning, the same city employee let us know the man was back at Rengstorff Park, and officers responded. After speaking with Bolanos for several minutes, officers learned that he was, in fact, the suspect in both of the arson cases.
He was subsequently arrested without incident. Further investigation revealed that Bolanos is currently out on bail for a vehicular manslaughter case our of San Jose.
Bolanos was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of arson and for committing a felony while out on bail.
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