FLORENCE — A warrant has been issued for a man facing charges after he allegedly attempted to blow up a Sacaton gas station in March.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Basil Esa Auso, 39, is charged with arson. On March 30, he allegedly set a garbage can on fire at a gas station in Sacaton. When police officers arrived he told them that there was a bomb in the trash can and another in his car. He also allegedly claimed he was a member of ISIS.

Auso’s attorney told the court Monday that Auso had contacted him and told him that he was currently in Washington state and was attempting to see his doctor for some health problems. Auso’s attorney asked the court to continue the hearing for 30 days.

Prosecutors asked that a warrant be issued for his arrest.

Auso’s attorney reminded the court that Auso was a military veteran and was dealing with some health issues.

Judge Steven Fuller granted the request to continue the hearing and issued a warrant for Auso’s arrest.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.

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