Suspect who allegedly set West Jordan building on fire trying to burn man inside identified

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UPDATE: The suspect who allegedly set a building on fire during a dispute has been identified as 54-year-old Jesus D. Hernandez.

Hernandez is in police custody and is being questioned by detectives, according to West Jordan Police.

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Police are looking for a suspect who they believe deliberately set a building on fire during a dispute with another man early Tuesday morning.

According to Lt. Richard Bell, West Jordan Police Department, firefighters responded to structure fire Tuesday around 2:30 a.m. near 7800 South 3200 West.

Bell said a man was sleeping in an abandoned car parked behind the building when he was awakened by someone pounding on the door and screaming at him.

The victim said he recognized the man as someone he has had an ongoing dispute with, Jesus D. Hernandez, 54.

The man got out of his car to talk to Hernandez and calm him down, but the situation escalated and the man feared for his safety and ran into the building and barricade the door.

Hernandez tried to get inside the building but when he couldn’t he told the man he will burn him. Shortly after smoke started billowing in from the roof and the man fled the building and called 911.

Bell said evidence on scene corroborates the story the man told police and they are currently looking for Hernandez who could face charges of arson or possibly attempted homicide.

Hernandez is known to law enforcement but does not have an extensive criminal history.

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