POSTED: 05:40 p.m. HST, Jul 20, 2012
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.