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CrimeArson suspect in custody after setting fire at McDonald's in Milpitas

Arson suspect in custody after setting fire at McDonald’s in Milpitas

Early this morning, June 12, at 2:38AM, the Milpitas Police Department (MPD) took a 911 call regarding the McDonald’s restaurant at 41 Ranch Drive.

The McDonald’s was on fire.

At the time, the location was closed and empty. An individual had been seen throwing something through one of the restaurant’s windows, shattering the glass and starting the fire before driving away. 

Less than 3 minutes later, a MPD officer arrived on the scene. Another officer found the suspect half a mile away. Soon the Milpitas Fire Department (MFD) was able to extinguish the flames, capping the property damage at $150,000. 

The suspect’s name is Tai Trinh. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on the charges of felony vandalism and arson. A Milpitas resident, Trinh was in the news in 2020 for vandalizing a string of Asian-owned businesses in San Jose and Milpitas. 

Following today’s event, MPD put out a press release that read, “If you have any information regarding this investigation, you are encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Additionally, information can be given anonymously by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500 or online at: https://www.milpitas.gov/crimetip.”



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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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