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3/23/2014 6:00:00 AM
Kingman hot streak comes to an end with arson suspect's arrest
KPD, MCSO arrest suspect in downtown arsons
Brian Caviness
Brian Caviness
SPARKY KNOWLTON/Miner
Captured Tuesday night, Brian Lee Caviness reportedly admitted to setting each of the 16 fires depicted on the map above. Investigators with the Kingman Police and Fire departments have pursued the alleged serial arsonist since December.
SPARKY KNOWLTON/Miner
Captured Tuesday night, Brian Lee Caviness reportedly admitted to setting each of the 16 fires depicted on the map above. Investigators with the Kingman Police and Fire departments have pursued the alleged serial arsonist since December.

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - A 26-year-old Kingman man authorities have labeled a serial arsonist has reportedly admitted his involvement in setting a number of fires - with a variety of targets - in the downtown area over the last few months.

Kingman Police officers arrested Brian Lee Caviness late Tuesday night after an investigator allegedly watched him walk away from a "freshly started" brush fire at Center and Mohave avenues.

Caviness attempted to elude police, but he was taken into custody at about 10:45 p.m. with the assistance of a Mohave County Sheriff's Office K-9 team and an officer with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

He reportedly admitted to police that he caused many of the recent fires.

Caviness allegedly set fire to two mobile homes, on Fifth Street Jan. 20 and at Fifth Street and Park Avenue on Feb. 28, and to a car on Feb. 11 at Golconda Avenue and Fifth Street.

He also allegedly set seven brush fires between Jan. 20 and Tuesday night and five Dumpster fires between Dec. 6 and March 7, and to a chair that started a brush fire on March 7.

Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper said Caviness might have been responsible for additional acts of arson.

He was charged with multiple felony counts of criminal damage, arson of a vehicle, arson of a structure and reckless burning.

Police do not believe Caviness is responsible for the high number of brush fires an arsonist has started on Stockton Hill Road or on roads that intersect with Kingman's main commercial street since early last spring.

In those cases, the person or persons use small incendiary devices to start roadside fires. The search for those involved continues.



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