POLICEMEN, who arrested actor Mark Anthony Fernandez on non-bailable drug charges last Monday, hauled to jail a middle-aged man who tried to set on fire a house he and his family were renting while high on marijuana.
Angeles City Police Office director Senior Supt. Sydney N. Villaflor said their investigation showed that suspect Fernando Miranda, a 55-year-old jobless man, tried to set on fire house no. 2884 on G. Valdez Street in Bgy. Agapito del Rosario at 4 a.m. yesterday by placing a burning tire on its wooden stairs.
The billowing smoke and shouts from neighbors awakened the owner of the house, identified as Orlando Centino, 74, who quickly put out the fire with the help of some of his next-door neighbors.
Concerned citizens subdued the suspect to prevent him from escaping while waiting for the local police to arrive. A team of officers from the Angeles City Police Station 6 arrived in the area a few minutes later and placed the suspect under arrest.
When frisked, Villaflor said the suspect was found in possession of a lighter and a small glass tube containing marijuana residues in his pocket. The suspect and the recovered pieces of evidence were subjected to a laboratory examination.
Villaflor said the suspect will be facing non-bailable charges for arson and violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.