On May 8th, 2021, at approximately 9:54am, Aberdeen police officers were dispatched to a report of a subject banging on the walls of the Driftwood Playhouse on East 3rd Street. Upon arrival, officers contacted a 63-year-old Aberdeen transient. The suspect was holding lighters and a slightly burned piece of cloth. Several Driftwood Playhouse volunteers were inside the building at the time of the call. Officers could see smoke coming from one of the support beams.
The Aberdeen Fire Department was called to the scene twice, first for a porch fire that was quickly extinguished and then a secondary fire was located 10 feet away at another doorway. The fire crews returned to find a minor extension of fire into the flooring of a doorway at the rear of the building. Fire crews overhauled the floor and wall of the doorway to stop the spread of the fire.
The suspect was arrested for arson in the first degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal trespass 2nd degree. The suspect was transported to the city of Aberdeen Jail then transferred to the Grays Harbor County Jail.