Attempted arson riles shop owner
Perry offering reward for information leading to arrest
KINGMAN - While an attempted act of arson didn't destroy her business, Mink Ink Tattoo owner Michele Perry can't stop thinking about what it could have done.
On Sunday, Perry found two incendiary devices - commonly called Molotov cocktails - near a window at the front of her business. Fortunately, neither one caused permanent damage.
"We weren't so much angry and disgusted at what they could have done to us, as so much angry and disgusted at what they could of done to the rest of the building," Perry said. "There are a lot of people that work in that building that could have potentially lost their jobs.
"If they were angry with us, they could come say something to us," she said. "They don't have to take away the livelihoods of the people that just happen to be my neighbors.... That's honestly what kept me up last night. I was so disturbed my neighbors could have lost everything over some idiot."
The Kingman Police Department is investigating the incident at the 1851 Airfield Avenue location. Mink Ink Tattoo shares the building with several other local businesses.
While detectives are investigating, they are reaching out to the public for any information. It could have occurred anytime after the tattoo shop closed on Saturday and the police responded at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
A reward is offered for information leading to the person(s) responsible. Perry, along with neighboring businesses, is adding money to the reward for information leading to the arrest and the conviction of the responsible party.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the KPD at (928) 753-2191 or Mohave Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.
The business had been robbed approximately a year prior. Perry utilized MySpace, a social networking Web site, to spread word about the incident and get information from the public. Perry is using this technique again to hopefully gain vital information for the investigation.
"This is a more serious crime," Perry said.
Like the burglary, Mink Ink Tattoo has received support from the community in response to the attempted arson. Having worked in the industry for around 20 years, with the last 10 years in Kingman, Perry said her reputation helped spark the community support.