MARTINEZ (BCN) – Martinez police arrested a man suspected of setting fire to a Starbucks coffee shop on Monday.

Police and firefighters were called to the shop in the 3300 block of Alhambra Avenue at 11:15 a.m. Monday after a man entered the Starbucks restroom and, shortly after exiting, the restaurant began filling with smoke. Employees told investigators a trashcan and toilet had been filled with trash and toilet paper and set on fire.

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Firefighters quickly doused the blaze with minimal damage, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman Steve Hill said.

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Shortly afterward, police arrested 47-year-old Martinez resident John Shannon on Alhambra Avenue after he was identified by witnesses in a field lineup.

He was arrested on suspicion of arson, specifically setting fire to an inhabited structure, and was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility.

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