El Cajon Police cruiser
An El Cajon Police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A man who is hospitalized with burn injuries is expected to be booked in the county jail after his apartment was set on fire near Wells Park in El Cajon.

At 5:13 p.m., officers responded at 388 Shady Lane to a man allegedly intimidating his roommate with a baseball bat and “turned on the gas in the kitchen threatening to burn the apartment down,” according to the El Cajon Police Department.

Lt. Jeremiah Larson said officers attempted several times to make contact with the suspect, however he refused to exit the building. At one point, flames could be seen in the apartment unit.

Heartland Fire & Rescue shut off the gas, and extinguished the fire.

“The suspect refused to exit the apartment in spite of the fact it was on fire,” Larson said. “After the fire was eventually extinguished, officers were able to negotiate with the man and safely take him into custody.”

The suspect was identified as Angel Jiminez, 22. He was transported to UC San Diego Medical Center with injuries he suffered during the fire. He will be booked into the county jail on the suspicion of criminal threats and arson to an inhabited structure.

The suspect’s roommate also suffered minor injuries.

While the fire was isolated to the reporting apartment, surrounding units sustained water and fire damage. Displaced residents were offered assistance through the Red Cross.

City News Service contributed to this article.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.