Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Arson Arrest

On July 8th , 2008 at 9:40 AM Martinsburg Police Detectives Det. Lt. GB Swartwood and Det. Cpl S Doyle arrested a person while he was at a local area hotel after a warrant was secured by police for his arrest for 1st Degree Arson.

The defendant was arrested without incident and brought to the Martinsburg Police Department
for processing and later arraigned by Magistrate Joann Overington. His bond was set at $50,000 cash only and he was then taken to the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of bond.

This warrant was issued after an investigation performed by the Martinsburg Police Department in cooperation with Chief Fire Investigator Gregory Hoover of the Martinsburg Fire Department. It is alleged that the defendant did commit 1st degree arson by setting fire to his residence of 703 South Raleigh Street Martinsburg WV on July 1st 2008.

It is alleged in the warrant that the fire investigator determined that the fire was incendiary in nature and had two separate points of origin. It was also alleged that several juvenile aged children and the defendant’s wife were at home at the residence at the time of the fire.

No physical injuries were sustained by the occupants of the residence.

Arrested: Darren Eugene Butler DOB 7 2 70 formerly of 703 South Raleigh Street Martinsburg WV

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