Suspect arrested following 2 small fires at a Walmart in Colorado Springs

KKTV 11 News at Noon (Recurring)
Published: Oct. 21, 2022 at 10:29 AM MDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2022 at 11:34 AM MDT
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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.”