Police arrest suspect in series of Seattle arsons

Feb 27, 2019, 6:12 PM | Updated: 6:12 pm

Arsons Seattle suspect arrested...

(KIRO 7)

(KIRO 7)

Police arrested a 38-year-old man suspected in a series of arson fires set in the Ballard, Fremont, and Queen Anne neighborhoods last year.

Investigators believe the man set five fires at businesses between Oct. 28 and Nov. 28, 2018.

  • Oct. 28: An office complex in the 200 block of Etruria Street.
  • Nov. 8: An Elks Lodge in the 3000 block of 3rd Avenue Northwest.
  • Nov. 10: A lumber yard in the 300 block of West Ewing Street.
  • Nov. 19: A gymnasium in the 1400 block of Northwest 52nd Street.
  • Nov. 28: A restaurant in the 5400 block of Ballard Avenue Northwest.

Investigators said on Feb. 6, police received notification of a DNA match from the Washington State Crime Lab, which had analyzed evidence recovered from one of the scenes.

The suspect was located. He was already in custody at the Whatcom County Jail on an unrelated case.

Seattle police are working with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine the charges.

The fires caused more than $4.5 million in damage.

KIRO 7 reached out to the Seattle Police Department for details about the arrest, in addition to their written statement on the SPD Blotter.

“Everyone’s in training, so none of us will be available,” spokesman Patrick Michaud said.

Local News


Ted Buehner

This is why your phone alarm will go off Wednesday morning

A nationwide broadcast of the National Emergency Alert Test will be conducted by FEMA and the Federal Communications Committee (FCC).

2 hours ago

Washington wildfires...

Bill Kaczaraba

UW prof.: Fighting climate change woefully underfunded

A University of Washington environmental professor says the federal government needs to dramatically increase money to fund research on how climate change impacts health.

2 hours ago

snow plow...

Frank Sumrall

Who will join Plowie McPlowface as Lynnwood snow plow naming contest returns

Some current snow plow names from previous contest winners include Plowie McPlow Plow, The Big Leplowski, Sir Plows-A-Lot and Betty Whiteout.

4 hours ago

lawsuit wrongful death...

L.B. Gilbert

Family settles wrongful death lawsuit with Seattle for $1.8M

The family of a man who died of a heart attack after first responders delayed responding to the incident has reached a settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit with the City of Seattle.

4 hours ago

(Photo from KIRO 7)...

Louie Tran, KIRO 7 News

Tacoma parents allege school workers physically assaulted children, including son with autism

A Tacoma mother and father accused workers with Tacoma Public Schools of physically assaulting their children multiple times, including the father’s son with autism.

5 hours ago

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks during the introduction of the integration of Microsoft Bing sea...

Suman Naishadham, Associated Press

Microsoft CEO says unfair practices by Google led to its dominance as a search engine

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Monday that unfair tactics used by Google led to its dominance as a search engine, tactics that in turn have thwarted his company’s rival program, Bing.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Swedish Cyberknife...

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is a busy month on the sports calendar and also holds a very special designation: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Ziply Fiber...

Dan Miller

The truth about Gigs, Gs and other internet marketing jargon

If you’re confused by internet technologies and marketing jargon, you’re not alone. Here's how you can make an informed decision.

Education families...

Education that meets the needs of students, families

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a program of Omak School District that is a full-time online public school for students in grades K-12.

Emergency preparedness...

Emergency planning for the worst-case scenario

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and heard an intruder in your kitchen? West Coast Armory North can help.

Innovative Education...

The Power of an Innovative Education

Parents and students in Washington state have the power to reimagine the K-12 educational experience through Insight School of Washington.

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

Police arrest suspect in series of Seattle arsons