A Dorchester man already under suspicion for a string of fires since 2008 was arrested on charges he set a Roslindale house on fire early this morning, federal and city officials say.
Jose Baez, 38, was arrested after authorities tracked a GPS unit they'd secretly put on his car to the area of 11 Firth Rd., where an early morning fire did roughly $100,000 in damage and sent one resident to the hospital:
At 3:21 a.m. this morning, the GPS notified law enforcement that Baez's vehicle had left his residence and was stationary on Bexley Road in Roslindale for approximately 15 minutes and then moved to 140 Columbia Road where it remained parked. Bexley Road runs parallel with Firth Road and is a short distance away. According to the complaint, officers approached Baez who exited the vehicle and officers immediately noticed a strong odor consistent with that of gasoline, and Baez was subsequently arrested.
Baez faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.