On June 7th, 2017 after 8 PM Aberdeen officers responded to the 1000 block of West Cushing for a report of a subject burning a mattress in the driveway. As officers were in route, a large plume of black smoke could be seen coming from the general area of the given address. Aberdeen Fire Department was already on scene and preparing to put the fire out. The flames reached about 20 feet high and within close distance to neighboring houses.
Officers contacted witnesses and took statements. There were several witnesses that had seen a female making motions over the pile of items as if she was attempting to light them on fire with a match or lighter. The witnesses were also able to give a positive ID of the woman as several of them were surrounding neighbors and knew her. Officers were informed that a male was seen arriving at the residence to pick up the belongings when the suspect began yelling and told them that they better take the property or she was going to burn it.
Officers made contact with a woman from the residence that matched the description and it was discovered that she was having a dispute with another woman who had left her belongings inside her residence. She then admitted to having put the belongings in the driveway but denied starting the fire.
The female suspect was placed under arrest for reckless burning and during a search of the female’s person[at search incident to the arrest, an orange Bic lighter was found in her pants pocket. The lighter was seized as evidence. Other officers responded and remained on scene to speak with witnesses. The woman was transported to Aberdeen Jail where she was initially booked on reckless burning 2.
One of the officers spoke with the owner of the destroyed property, who stated she was the suspect’s cousin and had been her roommate for about 3 months until she had recently moved. The destroyed property was valued at about $600. This information was passed on the officer who transported the arrested suspect. She was also booked for malicious mischief 3 domestic violence.