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Man Attempts to Burn Down Home With Deputy Inside

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif.(– A 26-year-old man is behind bars on attempted murder charges after deliberately trying to burn down an occupied residence early Friday morning.

Dispatch received a call from a victim reporting a fire at his residence along the 400 block of Merrimack Drive in Lake Arrowhead.

The reporting party told dispatchers, he managed to extinguish the fire using a garden hose.

At approximately 3:12 a.m., deputies from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station responded to the residence regarding an arson investigation.

According to a Sheriff’s press release, the suspect, Joseph Cardenas fled the scene when he learned deputies were responding.

Through investigation, Deputy Bullag discovered the residence was deliberately set on fire by Cardenas in multiple locations.

Two occupants in the residence were awake when the fires were started and managed to extinguish the flames before they spread.

While Deputy Bullag was inside a bedroom speaking to a victim, Cardenas ignited another fire inside residence using a propane tank and some paper. Deputy Bullag noticed the smoke and saw Cardenas running away. Cardenas was quickly detained by Deputy Bullag and the fire was put out by a garden hose.

Cardenas was arrested for Attempt Murder and Arson, and transported to the West Valley Detention Center for booking. Cardenas was also booked for Attempt Murder of a Peace Officer due to Deputy Bullag being inside the residence when the fire was started.

Anyone with further information about the case should contact the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station (909) 336-0600. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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