Man arrested in Rapid City after breaking into and setting fire to a residence

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A man was placed under arrest on Saturday morning after breaking into a residence on Fifth Street the night before and causing a structure fire.

On November 30 at around 8 a.m., police were dispatched to a residence in the 2400 block of Fifth Street for a report of a structure fire. On arrival, police observed flames coming from the roof of the residence. Police made contact with the resident of the home who said they were the sole occupant of the residence. As the Rapid City Fire Department worked to put the fire out, firefighters advised they made contact with a male subject who was in the attic of the residence at the time of the fire.

Police identified the man as 40-year-old Julian Garcia of Pine Ridge. The investigation into the incident revealed that Garcia had broken into the attic Friday night. Police say he had stayed the night in the attic and had lit his sweatshirt on fire the next morning, causing the structure fire.

Garcia was placed under arrest for second degree burglary and transported to the Pennington County Jail.

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