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Modesto man arrested for allegedly setting multiple fires in one day

33-year-old Paul Patterson allegedly set four separate small fires on October 3, according police.

MODESTO, Calif. — Modesto Police have arrested a man who they say is responsible for setting multiple fires. 

33-year-old Paul Patterson allegedly set four separate small fires on October 3, according to a Facebook post from the police department.

Patterson is suspected of setting fires in a gutter near the 100 block of La Loma Avenue, at the gate of Ralston Tower at 18th and H Street, near the bathroom at Kewin Park and a small burned spot was found near a building in the 1800 block of H Street. 

Police say officers found Patterson near Moose Park and he ran away. After a short chase, police took him into custody.

Patterson has been charged on four counts of arson, probation violation and resisting arrest. 

MPD Officers arrested 33-year-old Paul Patterson of Modesto after he was identified as the responsible in setting four...

Posted by MODESTO POLICE DEPARTMENT on Monday, October 5, 2020

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