Person Detained after Apparent Burglary, House Fire in Colfax

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COLFAX -- Placer County deputies arrested a home invasion suspect, who could also be responsible for setting two homes on fire Tuesday.

Deputies were called just after 10 a.m. for the break-in on Plutes Way. They believe the suspect entered the home through a back window.

"The woman who was inside the home at the time, she was the homeowner, was completely startled," said Placer County Sheriff's spokesperson Angela Musallam. "Didn't know who this guy was, so she panicked and she took off through the front door."

Deputies arrived to hear the sound of someone breaking items inside the home. Then shortly after the fire alarm sounded.

Smoke began billowing out of the house just as the suspect ran out from the back of the home.

Jose Juan Rocha III, 25 (Credit: Placer County Sheriff's Office)

Officers intercepted 25-year-old Jose Juan Rocha III and took him into custody. He was booked into the Auburn Main Jail on suspicion of arson, burglary and vandalism. His bail is set at $245,000, according to the sheriff's office.

"Deputies took it upon themselves to run back to their cars, grab their fire extinguishers, go into the home and actually put out the fire in the kitchen," Musallam told FOX40.

But less then a mile away on Hill Haven Drive, firefighters had to deal with another fire. A home had burned down, Musallam reports.

Cal Fire investigators are determining if both fires were caused by Rocha.

"It was just definitely one of the scariest things thinking about it and thinking how it could come up to my house," said neighbor Emma Miller.

The homeowner's adult son told FOX40 his childhood home burned down.

"I love our little town and I'm really upset this happened," Miller said.  "And I feel really, really bad for my neighbors and I hope he's gonna be OK, him and his wife."

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