A 16-year-old Arlington boy was arrested without incident in connection with an arson fire that destroyed a home under construction Tuesday night, Jan. 10.
The teen was booked into the Snohomish County Denny Youth Center one one count of arson in the first degree. Additional charges of attempted arson may be filed at a later date; other homes in the area showed signs of arson activity.
The arrest was made after a local resident provided information to police on the arson. The local resident received a flyer that was distributed by one of five Arlington Police Department volunteers who were out canvassing neighborhoods near the fire. The volunteers went door to door on Wednesday afternoon to distribute flyers regarding the fire and ask any residents with information to come forward. The local resident also stated the media coverage of the event convinced them to come forward with the information.
Commander Brian DeWitt noted, "The Arlington Police Department greatly appreciates the assistance from our Police Volunteers to get the word out on this fire, which allowed us to solve the case so quickly."
"The tip received from the citizen is a testament to the power of police, the media and the public working together to solve crimes," added Detective Sergeant Jonathan Ventura.