San Jose Home Depot Arson Fire Suspect Faces 14 Years to Life in Prison

The Santa Clara County district attorney said the man suspected of lighting a San Jose Home Depot on fire did it to steal tools, just one of a series of crimes.

The man suspected of starting a fire that destroyed a Home Depot store in San Jose earlier this month has been identified and records show he was charged with other crimes weeks before the arson. 

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and public safety leaders held a news conference Tuesday identifying the suspect as Dyllin Jaycruz Gogue, 27, who they say set the fire then tried to walk out of the store with a cart full of stolen merchandise.

Gogue, who was arrested Friday, has been charged with felony aggravated arson and other crimes and was scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Clara County court on Tuesday afternoon.

NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit dug into the suspect’s history and found a brief history of relatively minor crimes.

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