An alleged attempt to set fire to the Silverton Hostel was thwarted Friday night, Oct. 16, and a 42-year-old Silverton man faces charges including felony first-degree attempted arson.
Francisco A. Walker, of Silverton, is also charged with felony criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Not only that, after posting bond, he was re-arrested Monday on immigration charges and on a felony witness/victim intimidation charge for allegedly contacting the hostel’s owner in violation of his bond provisions.
Sheriff’s office officials refused to discuss details of the case at this time.
But Don Curnow, who until last weekend rented an apartment on the upper floor of the hostel, said the trouble started Friday night.
He said Walker “flipped out,” and went on a destructive rampage.
“He threw all the skis down and knocked over my dirt bike,” Curnow said, referring to the old skis that had “adorned” the front of the hostel.
Curnow said Walker also “destroyed the back yard,” threw a bicycle through a window and set some laundry on fire.
“Then he pours gas in the back entrance,” Curnow said. He speculated that Walker was unable to light it because it was two-stroke gasoline for Curnow’s dirt bike.
According to the sheriff’s office, Walker is a citizen of Chile and his visa to be in the United States expired in 2003.
Walker was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 17 and lodged in the La Plata County Jail.
He subsequently posted bond of $10,000 but was re-arrested on Monday on the immigration charge and felony witness/victim intimidation charge and is back in the La Plata County Jail.