Placer County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a 15-year-old Granite Bay boy Thursday on four counts of attempted homicide following a firebombing late Wednesday night. He is being held at the Placer County Juvenile Hall in Auburn.
The boy, a sophomore at Granite Bay High School, went to the home on Bentwood Way in Granite Bay around 11:30 p.m. He threw a large rock through a window on the front of the house, and then threw a bottle containing a flammable liquid at the same window, which started a fire.
The family of four inside the home did not wake up from the sound of breaking glass, but were awakened a short time later by a smoke alarm. The homeowners were able to extinguish the flames.
The Sheriff’s Office and South Placer Fire immediately launched an arson investigation, which ultimately led detectives to the suspect’s nearby home. He was interviewed and transported to juvenile hall on the attempted homicide charges, plus a charge of throwing an incendiary or destructive device.