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Armed with a machete, homeowner chases down suspected arsonist

Police arrested a man Monday morning who reportedly tried to torch a south Sacramento home and was chased down by the homeowner with a machete.

The Sacramento Fire Department responded to a neighbor’s 911 call for a structure fire at Majorca Circle in the Valley Hi neighborhood about 1:45 a.m. Monday. As the firefighters arrived at the scene, they found neighbors restraining a man on the home’s front lawn.

The homeowner had chased down the suspected arsonist with a machete, according to Sacramento police.

Firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire in front of the home and detained the suspect until officers arrived at the scene.

The suspected arsonist was taken into custody, but no charges have yet been filed against him. His name has not been released.

“Our officers evaluated the incident and determined that there should be no criminal charges against the homeowner at this time,” said police spokesman Officer Matthew McPhail.

The fire department is conducting an arson investigation.

Walter Ko: 916-321-1436, @juntaeko