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Police: Boy confesses to starting fires in Navy housing

By Gregg K. Kakesako

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A 12-year-old boy confessed to setting a series of fires that damaged homes in a Navy housing complex on the Pearl City Peninsula over the weekend, police said.

Two of the fires caused $94,000 in damage to two separate homes and smoke and water damage spread to three other units. Eleven people — a family of four, a family of three and two families of two — were affected.

The boy, a Navy dependent, is not a suspect in a brush fire at Sunday at 3:17 p.m. in an open field next to an abandoned warehouse on Victor Wharf Access Road near the scene of the earlier fires. that case is still under investigation.

The suspect in the fires left a spray painted message near the fire scenes suggesting the fires were deliberately set and would continue, police said.

Police said the juvenile turned himself in just before 7 p.m. Thursday and confessed to starting two home fires and attempting to ignite a third.

Officers arrested the boy for investigation of  two counts of first-degree arson, one count of fourth-degree arson, two counts of first degree burglary and one count of fourth-degree theft.

Police said the boy stole items to start the fire from garages in the area.







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cojef wrote:
Great a 12 year old "fire-bug"! Psycological problems at such a young age. However, it is fortunate for the population at large that this child was found early. With proper aid hopefully, this child could become a member of the human race.
on July 20,2012 | 10:27AM
allie wrote:
scary..please send him back to the mainland. He is seriously disturbed
on July 20,2012 | 10:31AM
sleepy wrote:
We should book you on the same flight,
on July 20,2012 | 03:36PM
XML808 wrote:
LOL - made my afternoon!
on July 20,2012 | 03:46PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
I agree she always has remarks that contribute nothing to the situation.
on July 20,2012 | 05:18PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Mommy and daddy must be really really mad and really really broke.
on July 20,2012 | 12:15PM
pueouhane wrote:
May be an only child with one step-parent in the family. Most likely a loner with poor social skills. Could be excellent academically but has poor grades-and does well or likes science relate subjects. A bed wetter and cruel to animals if not helped and monitored he will continue to lash out, maybe even kill one day. This was not his first offense. I have witnessed this for sixty years as a second generation fire service professional. ID and MO is easy, getting help is often the problem.
on July 20,2012 | 12:31PM
BigIsandLava wrote:
Keep him away from the movie theaters.
on July 20,2012 | 01:52PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
This kid must get some real help to deal with his problem otherwise it'll manifest itself in the future.
on July 20,2012 | 02:17PM
juscasting wrote:
Continue to waterboard him! Maybe he'll confess to the fires in Kailua, Maili, Waianae, Makaha and near Yokes...LOL!
on July 20,2012 | 02:38PM
niimi wrote:
There has to be some pyro out there setting those fires because we rarely have lightning strikes here as ignition sources. That or car spokers flicking their cigarette butts out their windows instead of using their in-car ashtray.
on July 20,2012 | 04:44PM
iwanaknow wrote:
remember the new model cars have little tiny or no car ashtrays.
on July 20,2012 | 05:35PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Maybe we should water board you for being insensitive. The young boy needs help and the good thing is that he stepped forward and turned himself in. I hope he gets the proper treatment so that he can understand where his anger is coming from.
on July 20,2012 | 05:17PM
iwanaknow wrote:
It will take more than hope to turn this kid around...........time wounds all heels.
on July 20,2012 | 05:37PM
ejkorvette wrote:
His Admission of Guilt and the Fact he went to the Police Station to turn himself in Speaks of his ability to be rehabilitated. This is more than I can say for Adults who would much Rather LIE!!!!! Than take responsibility for their Actions!!! Maybe some of you Folks that are Criticizing this youngster, can Learn something Valuable. In Fact, Most of you Critics on this Subject are living a LIfe of LIES even while you Condemn this Youngster!!! His act is not to be Condoned and his Punishment should be commensurate However, he deserves some consideration.
on July 20,2012 | 09:54PM
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