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Man accused of causing multiple Vancouver fires has arraignment delayed

Curtis Rabochenko faces four arson charges as well as breach of probation and mischief counts.
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Vancouver provincial court.

The arraignment hearing for a man facing four arson and other charges has been adjourned to May 26 as lawyers discuss disclosure issues with their client.

Charges of arson causing damage to property against Curtis Rabochenko, 51, were approved in March following a Vancouver Police Department investigation into a series of fires the VPD said were deliberately set.

Four fires were lit in the downtown core during the overnight hours between March 27 and 28. A VPD investigation was initiated immediately and evidence revealed the same suspect was responsible for all four blazes, police said.

It’s alleged that on March 27, Rabochenko caused damage by fire or explosion to a garbage can owned by a person of the same last name.

On March 28, it’s alleged he caused damage by fire or explosion to a tractor trailer, recycled and cardboard paper and a recycling dumpster owned by the same person.

As well, Rabochenko faces a breach of a probation order charge stemming from an incident where he allegedly went to a West Georgia church March 5. That same day, it’s alleged Rabochenko committed mischief by breaking a glass wall at Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel.

Rabochenko was due to make a plea before Vancouver provincial court Judge Kathryn Denhoff May 23 but that was delayed on a request from lawyer Josh Dosanjh representing lawyer Melissa Lowe.

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