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Message from suspected arsonist found near fire scene

By Gregg K. Kakesako

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Police investigating suspicious fires in the Navy housing area on the Pearl City Peninsula found a spray-painted message that implied the fires were deliberately set and would continue.

Police questioned a 12-year-old boy in connection with suspicious fires that damaged homes and cars in a Navy housing complex and a nearby brush fire on the Pearl City Peninsula over the weekend.

Officers patrolling the area saw the boy near the scene of the fires early Monday morning. Police said the boy ran when officers approached him.

He was questioned and released to his parents.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating witnesses or suspects to the fires.

Police said on Saturday at about 5:04 a.m., a vehicle parked in a carport on Ashley Avenue in Navy housing was set on fire. That’s where investigators found the spray-painted message.

The other suspicious fires occurred on Sunday.

At 3:26 a.m. another vehicle parked in a four-unit housing complex,about a block away Lowella Street, was set on fire The fire burned the vehicle, damaged a second vehicle, and caused major damage to the home. Three adjoining units sustained smoke and water damage, said Agnes Tauyan, Navy spokeswoman.

Eleven people — a family of four, a family of thee and two families of two — were affected, Tauyan said.

At 8:53 a.m., officers discovered several gas cans and burnt wooden torches lying on the driveway near a vehicle a thousand feet away from the scene of the fire five hours earlier. Police said the suspect apparently tried to light the gasoline, but was unsuccessful.  

Twelve hours later at 3:17 p.m., officers and firefighters responded to a report of a fire in an open field.  Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on cellular phones served by AT&T, Nextel Hawaii, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless Hawaii,  Mobi PCS, and Hawaiian Telcom.







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rayhawaii wrote:
Check the fingers for paint residue next time. Always a trace to be found if guilty.
on July 17,2012 | 09:25AM
allie wrote:
Way too much arson out here
on July 17,2012 | 09:52AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
This is in the Navy area, so is this HPD, or Navy Police?
on July 17,2012 | 10:44AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
He (not a she) will be caught. I seen on Forensic Files that arsonists are some kind of people that want to get attention.
on July 17,2012 | 10:45AM
WesleySMori wrote:
Well HONOLULUHAWAII, I Also BELIEVE That This TYPE Of BEHAVIOR IS ALSO A "PRECURSOR" Of "SERIAL KILLERS"!! I DEARLY HOPE This Is NOT The CASE, But AS YOU Said SOMEONE WANTING ATTENTION!! Whatever The CAUSE, This INDIVIDUAL NEEDS TO BE CAUGHT And BE GIVEN HELP!! "GOD BLESS HAWAII & AMERICA"!!!!!!
on July 17,2012 | 03:40PM
cheepono wrote:
what'd the message say?
on July 17,2012 | 11:02AM
entrkn wrote:
Arson on Federal property is a Federal crime that carries Consequences... like 20 years of cleaning prison latrines at Guantanamo.
on July 17,2012 | 04:42PM
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