Man sought after allegedly assaulting estranged wife and male friend, setting fire to 3 I.E. homes: Police
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Matthew Rice

via KTLA:

FONTANA, Calif. -- (KTLA) -- Fontana police are searching for a man who allegedly attempted to set three Inland Empire homes on fire and possibly stole a vehicle Wednesday, one day after he was suspected of breaking into his estranged wife's residence and assaulting her and a friend, authorities said.

The alleged crime spree began shortly before midnight, when 37-year-old Matthew Rice, allegedly broke into a house in the 8000 block of Jamestown Circle shortly before midnight Tuesday, according to a Fontana Police Department news release.

Authorities said he was armed with a shotgun when he confronted his estranged wife and a male friend.

Rice is accused of assaulting both victims; he fled the scene after he was disarmed, the release stated.

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