Richmond, TX – According
to Fort Bend County Fire Marshal Justin Jurek, the Community Volunteer Fire
Department was dispatched to 19310 Beechnut St. in Richmond in the evening
hours of April 4, 2023, for a possible structure fire at the Fort Bend County
Road and Bridge Facility. Once on scene
with a confirmed structure fire, the Community Volunteer Fire Department requested
for a Fire Investigator from the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office to make
scene to conduct an investigation of the fire to determine the origin and
Investigators determined the location to be a satellite office for the Fort
Bend County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. After a preliminary investigation, the fire
was being investigated as an intentionally set fire. The investigation eventually identified 29
year-old Andrew Huwar as the primary suspect.
Huwar was already on probation for a stalking charge in 2020. Once sufficient
evidence was developed, fire investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Mr.
Huwar on May 24, 2023. On Thursday May
25, 2023, Huwar was taken into custody and booked into the Fort Bend County
Jail with a bond set at $250,000.
is a case of thorough detective work and the arrest occurred primarily because
of the investigative skills the Fire Marshal developed in their agency,” said
District Attorney Brian Middleton. “There are arsons they investigate in
Fort Bend County that would go uninvestigated and unprosecuted in other
counties. The fire investigators went
beyond establishing the probable cause that supported the arrest warrant,
conducting additional searches and interviews, that led to important evidence.”
would like to extend our gratitude to the U.S. Marshals, Gulf Coast Violent
Offender Task Force, and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office for
the teamwork and assistance making the arrest.
Additionally, we are thankful for our working relationship with the DA’s
Office for their guidance on the judicial process,” said Fire Marshal Justin
Jurek. “I also want to recognize my team
of arson investigators – David Zietz, Brandon Venegas, Robert Koryciak, and
Robert Ruiz, for their hard work and dedication. These gentlemen rotate through 24-hour
on-call shifts, spending countless hours away from their families investigating
fires throughout Fort Bend County. I am proud of each one of them and the high
level of investigative work they accomplish.”
the physical damage to county property is significant, this fire also damaged
records and displaced probation officers who are public servants and court
officers. Probation officers work toward the rehabilitation of people
charged with or convicted of crimes in our community.
arson cases are prosecuted by the Economic Crimes division of the DA’s
Office. Prosecutors have received specialized arson training sponsored by
the Fire Marshal’s office.
the cooperative relationship with the Fire Marshal’s office, both of our offices
are stronger,” added Middleton. “And
that makes our communities safer.”