Domestic Disturbance Prompts Arson Investigation
Fort Worth
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Texas City HS student arrested on suspicion in deadly carjackings
ߦ   Trio headed to prison for drug conspiracy
ߦ   Wrestler admits to running drug smuggling conspiracy
ߦ   45 Years For Troy Parker For Murdering Girlfriend
ߦ   Aggravated Robbery
ߦ   Guilty Plea For Smuggling 30 Illegal Aliens Across Texas Border
ߦ   Husband and wife charged with tax evasion
ߦ   Kingwood-area prostitution sting leads to 79 arrests
ߦ   Laredoan Admits to Transporting 71 Aliens
ߦ   Mexican man gets more than 10 years in meth scheme
ߦ   “Robo Tripping” Teen Drug Trend
ߦ   20-Year Illegal Resident Sentenced for Child Pornography Charge
ߦ   Coast Guard rescues 2 fishermen near Matagorda
ߦ   Former deputy constable to appear in court on drug and money laundering charges
ߦ   Former Law Enforcement Officer Admits to Extortion
ߦ   Judge Delgado heads to prison
ߦ   Local Man Guilty of Escaping From Custody
ߦ   Local Man Sent to Prison for Armed Drug Trafficking in School Zone
ߦ   Man forced Imelda flood victim to steal car at gunpoint
ߦ   Suspect in Tyler-area manhunt in custody after K9, drone search

 
Search Archives:
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
 
FORT WORTH, TX - 7/28/2019
On Sat 7/27/19 at 0425 hours, the Fort Worth Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the 3700 block of Hulen Park Cir. Upon arrival, a vehicle was on fire as well as a residential dwelling. The fires were quickly extinguished by Fire personnel and Fort Worth Fire Arson Investigators were notified due to the suspicious nature. Arson investigators determined that a total of three fires were intentionally and met the elements of offense for arson.

The investigation revealed that this criminal episode began on the evening of a Friday 7/26/19 and escalated from a domestic disturbance. Specifically, the suspect was aware that the residence was occupied by children and the fires are believed to have been intentionally set in locations to prevent the occupants from readily escaping the flames.

Investigators spent most of Saturday 7/27/19 conducting interviews with the victims and witnesses, canvassing the neighborhood and obtaining security camera footage. Investigators developed a suspect profile and soon thereafter a person of interest. The person of interest was located and continuous surveillance was initiated. Five felony probable cause arrest warrants and a search warrant were obtained from a Tarrant County magistrate.

At 0345 hours on Sunday 7/28/19, Fort Worth Fire Department Arson Investigators and the Arlington SWAT team served the felony arrest warrants on the suspect. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Arlington city jail.

The suspect is identified as Courtney Eugene Smith, 39 years old from Arlington.  Bond has been set at $195,000 as well as special bond conditions as set forth by the magistrate.
 
According to Fire Chief James Davis, “Fire used as a weapon, threat, or intimidation will not be tolerated in Fort Worth”. “We will aggressively investigate and assist with prosecution to the fullest extent of the law”.
 
The Fort Worth Fire Department would like to thank everyone who cooperated in this investigation; the residents of the neighborhood, the Fort Worth and Arlington Police Departments, as well as the Tarrant County Prosecutor’s Office.

If you have any knowledge regarding this incident or any other arson incident, you are urged to contact Fort Worth Fire Department Arson Investigators at (817) 392-6850.


 

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
© 1999-2019 The Police News. All rights reserved.