REDWOOD CITY (TUSEN SF) – A woman was arrested Tuesday as a suspect in an arson attack at a church in Redwood City last week, authorities said Tuesday.
Redwood City Police said the fire occurred on April 28 at Rise City Church at 1305 Middlefield Road around 9:30 p.m. Arriving officers found a planter on fire and the fire was starting to grow. spread to the main entrance of the building.
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Firefighters from the Redwood City Fire Department arrived and put out the fire, but the building suffered water damage from the sprinkler system and smoke damage, police said.
Surveillance video recorded just before the fire started showed a local woman wearing a blue shirt, black leggings, a black and white backpack and a red scarf as a headband.
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Police detectives identified the suspect as Maria Elena Zurita, 58, who was in possession of the black and white backpack and also wore the red scarf as seen on CCTV.
Zurita admitted her involvement in starting the fire and was later arrested and jailed in the San Mateo County Jail for arson, police said.
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Anyone who may have additional information regarding this incident has been urged to contact Redwood City Police Detective David Denning at 650-780-7141 or the Redwood City Police Department hotline at 650-780-7110.