Arrest made in alleged Citrus Heights church arson

| June 21, 2010

A man arrested Sunday night by Citrus Heights police is suspected of trying to burn a house of worship.

Jose Louis Orduno, 44, was arrested on several charges in connection with the alleged attempted arson of the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall at 6965 Sylvan Road in Citrus Heights. Police were called to the incident at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District investigators say they suspect that Orduno ignited a flammable liquid at the church but that it burned out before the structure was damaged.

A joint investigation by police and the fire district's arson unit led to Orduno's arrest.

He was booked into Sacramento County Jail at 11:30 p.m. on charges of threats to commit a crime that could cause death or injury, possession of a firebomb, attempted arson, terrorism using a symbol and interfering with civil rights.

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