Robert L. Pinkston is being held in the Ada County Jail on a felony second degree arson charge after Boise police say he lit papers on fire and shoved them into the vents of a Downtown building early Sunday morning.
Police say the building, in the 900 block of West Main Street, did sustain some smoke damage on the outside but fire fighters were able to pull the smoldering debris out of the vents before it could spread inside, according to reports.
Police began their investigation after getting a 911 call around 6 a.m. Sunday from a passerby who saw a man in an alley lighting papers on fire.
While fire fighters removed the flaming paper from the vents, police talked to Pinkston and eventually arrested him.
Police did not release any information about a suspected motive in the case but did say they charged Pinkston with felony second degree arson because several businesses were put at risk.
Pinkston recently got out of jail on March 18 after serving 111 days for a misdemeanor charge of open burning without a permit after Boise police arrested him in November. At least a month of those 111 days spent in custody included a mental health assessment, according to Idaho court records.
Pinkston will make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon.
The crime of second degree arson is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $75,000 fine.