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Hospital arson suspect sets trial date
August 24, 2013, 05:00 AM Zavtcho Stoyanov

Zavtcho Stoyanov

A terminal cancer patient who reportedly set a fire in his county hospital room and threatened a nurse with a knife before a two-hour standoff with police will stand trial in November.

Zavtcho Stanonor Stoyanov, 51, is charged with four felonies including arson. On Friday, he pleaded not guilty and scheduled a Nov. 4 jury trial.

Stoyanov, of Hillsborough, was a patient at San Mateo Medical Center when he reportedly began the first floor blaze just before 11 p.m. After hospital staff extinguished the small fire, Stoyanov reportedly blocked himself in a hospital room with a chair and hamper. When a nurse kicked the door open, she reported seeing the bed and floor on fire and Stoyanov walking toward her swinging a knife. Responding officers needed nearly two hours and a Taser to negotiate and eventually apprehend him.

The fire caused the evacuation of 29 rooms and chaos but little other damage to the hospital.

He returns to court Oct. 15 for a pretrial conference and remains free from custody.

 

 

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