On May 20, 2017 just after 4:00 a.m, Tucson Police officers and members from the Tucson Fire Department responded to Mission Manor Park reference multiple reports of a large fire at the park bathrooms. It was reported that several juveniles were seen running from the area.
As officers were responding, they located and detained those subjects near the park. Tucson Fire was able to extinguish the fire, but not before the fire destroyed the structure.
Arson investigators from the Tucson Police Department and Tucson Fire Department were able to determine that the detained juveniles were involved in setting the fire along with additional juveniles in the area. A total of three males and three females ranging in age from 14 to 16 years old were located and arrested. All six were charged with Arson of a Structure (Class 4 Felony) and Felony Criminal Damge (Class 4 Felony). At least one other juvenile involved is still outstanding.
During the investigation, Arson Investigators learned that the juveniles were also responsible for several brushfires that have occurred on Tucson’s southside over the past several months. Additional charges reference those incidents are pending.
The Tucson Police Department and Tucson Fire Department have been working closely together, sharing information about the recent fires. This collaborative effort helped to solve multiple arson cases and hopefully prevent future incidents in the area.
Anyone with additional information about these fires or similar incidents is encouraged to call 88-CRIME. You can remain anonymous.