Centralia man found covered in gas and attempting to set a home on fire

Centralia man found covered in gas and attempting to set a home on fire

CENTRALIA — A 33-year-old Centralia man was arrested Friday afternoon when a passerby reported to Centralia police that a man was attempting to set fire to a home in the 600 block of North Locust in Centralia.

Johnathan Hiltibidal was initially taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia for treatment before being taken to the Marion County Jail for alleged arson.

The passerby reportedly spotted Hiltibidal pouring gasoline around the porch of the home and attempting to set the home on fire. He did manage to set at small fire and when police arrived they found he had doused himself with the gasoline while holding a lighter and a lit cigarette.

Officers were able to knock the cigarette out of his hand but had to wrestle the lighter away from him.

After being treated and released from the hospital, Hiltibidal was taken to the Marion County Jail where he remained Monday morning.