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Fairfield, CA Police Department
Friday April 28th, 2017 :: 09:23 a.m. PDT


Fairfield Man Arrested for Attempted Murder, Hate Crime, Following Series of Firebombings

Fairfield Police have arrested a suspect following a series of three fire bombings, including one in front of the Police Department lobby.  The first incident took place on 4/27 at about 10:00pm.  Two victims were inside their apartment in the 2900 Block of North Texas Street when the suspect threw an incendiary device through their window.  Police and fire units responded and extinguished the fire.  The victims were not injured.  Detectives were called to the scene due to the nature of the incident.

At 11:00pm officers responded to a car fire on Thames Court and realized similarities between that incident and the North Texas Street fire.  

At 1:00am on 4/28, officers were alerted to a fire and explosion in front of the Police Department lobby.  They responded and quickly saw evidence that the fire was possibly related to the other two.  The evidence included witness descriptions of the suspect in the other two cases and video of the suspect committing the act in front of the Police Department.

At 1:40am officers located the suspect in the case driving his car in the 2900 Block of North Texas Street, near the original crime.  He was  identified as 39 year old Fairfield resident Matthew Scott Jones.  Officers arrested Jones without incident.

During the investigation officers learned Jones is a neighbor of the two victims.  Over the past month he had used racial epithets toward them and had been acting erratically.  

Jones was booked into Solano County Jail for Attempted Murder, Committing a Hate Crime, two counts of possessing a destructive device, possessing a destructive device with the intent to injure people, exploding a destructive device with the intent to commit murder, and two counts of arson.

There are no other outstanding suspects in this case.  

We are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact the Fairfield Police Department's Investigations Bureau at 707-428-7600. You can also call our Tip Line at 707-428-7345, Solano CrimeStoppers at 707-644-7867, or Text “TIP FAIRFIELDPD” followed by your message to 888777.  Callers and texters can remain anonymous.


Fairfield, CA Police Department
1000 Webster St
Fairfield, CA 94533

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Non-emergencies: 707-428-7300

Sergeant Matt Bloesch
Public Information Officer

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