Coalinga police arrested a homeless man Friday who was linked to several arson cases by a surveillance video that allegedly showed the man setting an alley waste bin on fire.
The latest incidents happened shortly before midnight Thursday at four alleys near the 100 block of East Elm Avenue. Police recovered surveillance footage of the man, identified as Michael Anthony Stewart, 27, of Coalinga, setting fire to a waste bin in the alley.
Police said Thursday’s slew of arsons were similar to others reported in the last few months.
Stewart was arrested and booked into Fresno County Jail on eight felony counts of arson. Anyone with information regarding the arson cases is asked to call detective Andrew Diaz at (559) 935-1525.