SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A man was arrested Tuesday and charged for multiple suspicious fires in a Suffolk neighborhood.
Diana Klink with Suffolk Police told WAVY.com 29-year-old Michael Odom Smith was arrested as the result of a joint investigation by the police department and the Suffolk Fire Marshal's Office.
Klink said over the last six weeks, multiple suspicious fires in the 100 block of Brittany Lane have been reported to Suffolk Emergency Communications. On Sunday, a call came in at about 10 p.m. about a brush fire in the same location as the other fires. When firefighters arrived -- less than ten minutes after the call -- the fire had been put out by a neighbor.
Investigators determined Smith -- who is the son of the neighbor who extinguished the fire -- was responsible, Klink said. He was intoxicated and armed with a concealed firearm at the time of his arrest. Smith was charged with the following offenses:
- Reckless handling of a firearm
- Concealed weapon carry while intoxicated
- Resisting lawful arrest
- Possess equipment of which a fire bomb can be made with intent to manufacture fire bombs or explosives
- Two counts of maliciously throwing a missile at an occupied dwelling
- Maliciously set fire to wood/fence/grass, etc.
- Arson of an occupied dwelling
- Arson personal property under $200
Klink said no one was injured during any of the fires and the investigation into the fires is ongoing. She said additional charges may be filed.
Smith is being held at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.
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