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Updated Jun 4, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Arizona man accused of setting fire to distract police

BENSON, Ariz. — A 33-year-old Benson man is accused of setting a May 21
brush fire to try to prevent the arrest of a suspected accomplice in a burglary.

Benson Police Chief Paul Moncada accused Robert Vance Bowling of setting the
fire to divert police looking for the suspected accomplice.

The Sierra Vista Herald reported that the fire resulted
in the evacuation of 20 homes and the temporary closure of part of Interstate
10.

Moncada said the fire was set the same day Bowling was to be sentenced in the
burglary of a golf course.

Bowling was arrested May 28, and Moncada said he was sentenced Monday to five
years in prison in the burglary.

Bowling faces charges of arson, criminal damage and other crimes stemming
from the fire.

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