Suspect arrested following 2 small fires at a Walmart in Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) -
UPDATE (10/22): Colorado Springs police said an arrest was made Friday night related to the two small fires at a Walmart in the city this week.
Police reported that the suspect accused of setting these fires on Thursday and Friday was David E. Harris, 43.
Harris was located at 7 p.m. Friday at the New Hope Shelter, where police said he was taken into custody.
PREVIOUS (10/21): A small fire was reported at a Colorado Springs Walmart for the second time in a 24-hour period on Friday.
According to the Colorado Springs Fire Department, the Walmart off 8th Street was evacuated at about 10:17 a.m. on Friday. The same store had previously been evacuated and closed on Thursday for a small fire in the men’s section.
Colorado Springs Fire Department officials said the fire was out just after 10:45 a.m. They also reported that both fires appeared to be suspicious in nature and that investigators were on scene to determine a cause.
“The subsequent investigation revealed the suspect is possibly related to the suspect involved in the arson investigation from the previous day at the same [Walmart],” part of an online blotter by CSPD reads. “The suspect has not been positively identified.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 719-444-7000.
It isn’t clear when the store will reopen.
“Our store at 707 S. 8th Street is closed following a small fire in the building,” part of a statement from Stephanie Sharpe with Walmart Media Relations reads. “We’re working with law enforcement on their investigation and plan to reopen as soon as possible.”
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