Tomas Cardoso Flores, 25, of Coachella, was arrested the night of July 20. Deputies received a call that night from a witness who saw curtains on fire within the home in the 5200 block of Calle Techa, Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Mike Vasquez said. The residents, including a child, were able to escape unharmed.
Flores was taken into custody just south of the home, near the intersection of Avenue 53 and Calle Empalme. A motive for the arson was not disclosed, nor did investigators reveal whether the defendant knew the residents.