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Mount Pleasant police say a 38-year-old man who tried to burn down a local restaurant used racial epithets against his former boss.

Hermelindo Guevara-Castillo’s initial appearance to face a single felony county of attempted arson of a building without owner’s consent was postponed until Wednesday because he needs a Spanish interpreter. If he is convicted, he faces up to 20 years in jail and/or up to $50,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called to the service drive Sunday morning behind Super China Buffet, 5201 Washington Avenue, for a complaint of a former employee who threatened to set the restaurant on fire. When police arrived, witnesses said they came to check on the restaurant because Guevara-Castillo had recently been fired but threatened to burn the place down.

Officers say they found cooking oil poured on the back of the building, on the door and over the stairs. Guevara-Castillo had ridden away from the scene on his bicycle but was found in the Piggly Wiggly nearby.

When the defendant was taken into custody, he yelled racial slurs at his former boss, the complaint reads.

Guevara-Castillo remains in the Racine County Jail until his initial appearance Wednesday.

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