Turlock Police Department and Turlock Fire Department were dispatched to the 200 block of W. Main on Sunday at approximately 11:40am after witnesses reported seeing a subject throw an object at a vacant commercial building.
The investigation revealed that suspect, Mario Alvarado, 20 years old, threw a Molotov cocktail at the building causing a fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire.
Alvarado was located fleeing from the scene and he was arrested and booked for Arson and Possession of a Destructive Device. The motive is still under investigation, no one was inside the building, and there are no other suspects involved.
About $2,000 worth of damage was caused to building.
Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Detective Jason Tosta at 664-7324.