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Hospital arsonist guilty: Hillsborough man reportedly dying of cancer faces up to three years prison
November 01, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

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 is looking at up to three years in prison after pleading no contest to arson and assault.

Zavtcho Stanonor Stoyanov, 52, will be sentenced Jan. 10 and, while he is reportedly dying of cancer, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said his punishment for the March 5 incident will be based on more than that single factor although it is a consideration.

“What he did was extremely dangerous to a lot of innocent and vulnerable people,” she said.

Stoyanov was originally charged with four felonies but settled on arson of an inhabited structure and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

Stoyanov, of Hillsborough, was a patient at San Mateo Medical Center when he reportedly began the late-night fire on the first floor. 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 remains free from custody in his friends’ home as long as they transport him to medical appointments and he maintains contact with the court.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102



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