Police: Man attacked family, set home on fire over cigarette

January 24, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Fresno police say a man attacked two relatives and then set their home on fire over a bad cigarette.


KFSN-TV reports detectives say Richard Garcia asked his brother-in-law for a cigarette but didn't like it and that led to an argument.


Fresno Police spokesman Lt. Joe Gomez says Garcia attacked his sister and brother-in-law with a crowbar and a hammer and then chased them with a knife. The couple got away and ran to a neighbor's home for help,


Gomez says Garcia was on the porch with a knife when officers pulled up to heavy smoke and flames.


He was arrested and is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and arson.


His sister and brother-in-law were treated for minor injuries from being hit with the crowbar and hammer.

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