Centralia Man Charged With Aggravated Arson After Attempting to Set Home on Fire Friday

MARION COUNTY — A 33-year-old Centralia man has been charged in Marion County court with aggravated arson for allegedly attempting to set fire to a home Friday in the 600 block of North Locust in Centralia.

Johnathan Hiltibidal has been charged with Class X felony aggravated arson knowing people are present and Class 1 felony residential arson.

On Friday afternoon, a passerby 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.