Person of interest in Bremerton arson arrested
BREMERTON, Wash. -- Investigators said a 'person of interest' wanted in connection to an arson at a Bremerton apartment complex on New Year's Day was arrested on Wednesday.
Bremerton Police posted surveillance video on social media on Tuesday, showing the 'person of interest' at the SpyGlass Apartments on Highland Avenue, around the time the fire began.
A Kitsap County Sheriff's deputy then identified the man.
Detectives said the 45-year-old Gig Harbor man called Bremerton Police on Wednesday then came to the station.
The man was questioned by detectives and was arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft of a firearm and arson.
The fire happened around 2:00 a.m. New Year's Day in a fourth-floor unit, forcing all residents to evacuate.
The flames were put out by sprinklers in the unit, and when firefighters arrived, there was just light smoke in the building.
Bremerton Fire Marshal Mike Six said the investigation revealed the fire was intentionally set.
The man who lives in the unit that was set on fire told investigators he was not home at the time and reported a handgun was also stolen. He said he may have left his door unlocked.
Detectives said the 'person of interest' followed a couple into the building; they held the door for him assuming he was a resident.
The tenant said he does not recognize the man in the video.