Repeat arsonist charged again


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A homeless man who keeps getting locked up, then released when he is found incompetent, is once again facing charges. KRQE News 13 featured Anthony Tolbert in January while looking at the challenges of addressing mental health issues in the criminal justice system.

Tolbert has been arrested dozens of times in the last decade, often accused of setting fires and vandalizing buildings. In March, after he was accused of setting fire to a charter school, he was once again declared incompetent to stand trial, and the case was dismissed.

Now, he is facing new charges for a small fire earlier this month, outside the Southwestern Women’s Options clinic on Lomas near I-25. He has yet to make a court appearance in that case.

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