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Cancer-struck arsonist to be evaluated at prison
May 01, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Zavtcho Stoyanov

A terminal cancer patient who set a fire in his county hospital room and threatened a nurse with a knife before a two-hour standoff with police last year will be evaluated in prison for 30 days before a judge hands down the permanent sentence.

Zavtcho Stanonor Stoyanov, 52, faces up to three years in prison after pleading no contest in October to arson and assault on a peace officer. On Wednesday, Judge Barbara Mallach ordered him transported to San Quentin State Prison for a three-month diagnostic evaluation. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will deliver its assessment July 29.

Stoyanov, of Hillsborough, was a patient at San Mateo Medical Center March 5, 2013, when he started 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 with and eventually apprehend him.

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

Stoyanov had been free from custody in his friends’ home as long as they took him to medical appointments and he maintained regular contact with the court.



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