Turlock police arrested the suspected wanted for attempting to burn down an occupied home by igniting several large propane tanks.
Joseph Tosta, 36, was arrested for attempted murder, aggravated arson, arson with the use of an accelerant, arson with prior arson conviction, and criminal threats. Tosta was booked in the Stanislaus County Jail and is being held on $525,000 bail.
Tosta is suspected of attempting to burn down an occupied house in the 100 block of W. Syracuse Avenue on the morning on Feb. 25.
The suspect was spotted by Turlock police on Saturday while he was walking in the 600 block of Pioneer Avenue, said Turlock police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.
Officers were able to apprehend Tosta while he was attempting to flee through an open field in 900 block of Olive Avenue.
On Feb. 25, Tosta allegedly opened more than ten 250 gallon propane tanks and made several threats to the occupants of the residence on the 100 block W. Syracuse Avenue.
Tosta attempted to light a match, however was unsuccessful and fled before officers arrived on scene.
According to Stanislaus Superior Court documents, Tosta is facing six counts of attempted murder. In January of 2011, Tosta pleaded no contest to arson.
Tosta is being held in the Stanislaus County Jail on $525,000 bail.