Fresno County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Friant-area man Wednesday who is suspected of arson and elder abuse.
Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said Tom Rouse, 58, set his home on fire Sunday in the 17000 block of Parkcliffe Lane. On Monday, he attempted to burn down his mother’s home in the 17000 block of Bluewater Bay Lane. Both streets are in a mobile home park.
Botti said Rouse was detained by Clovis police around 4:45 p.m. while shopping at Save Mart at Herndon and Fowler avenues. Sheriff’s deputies responded and placed him under arrest.