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Fairfield police arrest man suspected in firebomb attack outside own lobby

Matthew Scott Jones, 39, of Fairfield.
Matthew Scott Jones, 39, of Fairfield. Fairfield Police Department

The Fairfield Police Department arrested a man Friday morning after a series of firebombings in the city.

Capt. Matt Bloesch, spokesman for the department, said 39-year-old Matthew Scott Jones was “doing more than lighting fires.”

The first incident took place about 10 p.m. Thursday in the 2900 block of North Texas Street, where police said someone threw an incendiary device threw an apartment window. The fire was extinguished and detectives were called to the scene. About an hour later, a car fire on Thames Court was reported.

About 1 a.m. Friday, there was an explosion in front of the police department lobby. From evidence gathered from witnesses and suspect descriptions, Fairfield police found Scott on driving his car on North Texas Street.

Police said Scott was neighbors with the North Texas Street apartment victims.

Jones was arrested about 1:40 a.m. and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, committing a hate crime, two counts of possessing destructive devices and two counts of arson, police said.

No one was injured during the explosions, police said.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @Jess_Hice