Amer­i­can Canyon man ar­rested for ar­son and at­tempted mur­der of for­mer girl­friend

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - Times-Her­ald staff re­port

A 29-year-old Amer­i­can Canyon man is fac­ing at­tempted mur­der charges af­ter al­legedly set­ting his for­mer girl­friend’s Vallejo home on fire early Satur­day morn­ing, Vallejo po­lice said.

Neil Coates is ac­cused of start­ing the blaze in­side of a de­tached garage in the 100 Block of Spencer Street as his for­mer girl­friend and her 72-year-old mother were asleep in­side of the main res­i­dence. Both women were able to es­cape from the fire.

Fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the fire at about 5:14 a.m. and found the garage in flames. They were able to ex­tin­guish the blaze and pre­vent the fire from dam­ag­ing the home.

While first re­spon­ders were con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion at the res­i­dence, Coates re­turned and at­tempted to force his way into the home. Dur­ing this process, Coates phys­i­cally as­saulted the fe­male vic­tim, po­lice said.

Vallejo po­lice of­fi­cers re­sponded back to the res­i­dence. While of­fi­cers at­tempted to de­tain Coates, he phys­i­cally re­sisted. He was even­tu­ally taken into cus­tody, po­lice added.

Coates is also fac­ing two other felony charges of rob­bery and ar­son, the Solano County book­ing logs show. He has also been charged with re­sist­ing ar­rest.

He’s be­ing held with­out bail. His first court date is Tues­day, records show.

Any­one with who may have ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on this crime is en­cour­aged to con­tact Det. Joel Caitham at (707) 6484280.

“The Vallejo Po­lice Depart­ment takes these crim­i­nal in­ci­dents very se­ri­ously,” of­fi­cials said. “We want to en­cour­age those im­pacted, along with sur­vivors of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence to the fol­low­ing re­sources.”

The Na­tional Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Hot­line is a 24hour con­fi­den­tial ser­vice for sur­vivors, vic­tims and those ef­fected by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence and re­la­tion­ship abuse. The Hot­line ad­vo­cates are avail­able at 1-800799-SAFE and through online chat­ting at www.TheHot­

The Solano County Of­fice of Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Preven­tion also of­fers con­fi­den­tial ser­vices and can be reached at: http://www.solanocoun­­mes­tic_vi­o­lence.asp.


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