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Los Banos Police Department
Thursday July 17th, 2014 :: 10:13 a.m. PDT


Arson Suspect Arrested for Fireworks Related Apartment Fire

On July 5, 2014, a fire erupted at an apartment building in the 1100 block of D Street. Los Banos Police and Fire personnel responded to the apartment fire caused by reckless use of fireworks. Detectives from the Police Department began an arson investigation after learning the blaze was likely started by modified “safe and sane” fireworks.

Two apartments sustained substantial damage as a result of the fire. The occupants of the apartment building were safely evacuated. A Los Banos fire fighter reportedly suffered an injury requiring medical treatment during the blaze.

Detectives served a search warrant in connection with the arson on Monday, July 14, 2014 at an apartment in the 1100 block of D Street. 20-year-old Ricardo Cobian of Los Banos was contacted at the apartment. A search of the apartment revealed evidence connecting Cobian to the altered “safe and sane” fireworks which caused the fire.

Cobian was arrested and charged with arson and causing great bodily injury to emergency personnel. Cobian remains in custody at the Los Banos Police Department Jail in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.

“Nothing good comes from altering “safe and sane” fireworks or using “dangerous” fireworks. This incident caused several thousand dollars in damage; thankfully no one was seriously injured.”
- Gary Brizzee, Chief of Police

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Los Banos Police Department
5th St
Los Banos, CA 93635

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Non-emergencies: 209-827-7070

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