Posted by on March 13, 2018
Categories: Bay Area

(by Daniel Montes) – A San Francisco man who was previously convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2014 and then arson in 2015 was arrested last week on suspicion of attempted murder and arson.

David Diaz, 28, was booked into San Francisco County Jail Thursday. In addition to the attempted murder and arson allegations, he was also arrested on suspicion of possession of an incendiary device and false imprisonment, according to jail records.

Details surrounding Diaz’s arrest were not immediately available. He’s being held without bail.

Diaz has been arrested multiple times within recent years, with at least three of his arrests, including the latest one, involving arson or possession of an incendiary device.

In 2014, Diaz was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 23-year-old Freddy Roberto Canul-Arguello, whose body was found burning in Buena Vista Park on June 10, 2011.

Jurors acquitted Diaz of murder but convicted him on the lesser charge after defense attorneys argued he had choked Canul-Arguello at the other man’s request during a sex act in the park and accidentally asphyxiated
him. Diaz then burned the body, leaving it in a blue recycling bin near the park’s tennis courts.

Diaz was sentenced in that case to four years in prison, but because he had served more than three years while awaiting trial, he was released shortly after his sentencing date.

In 2015, Diaz was arrested again and later pleaded guilty to felony possession of an incendiary device and commercial burglary in connection with the January 2015 arson of a bar in the city’s Castro District. He was sentenced to one year of mandatory supervision for those crimes.