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Police Catch Alleged Arsonist

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick police catch an alleged arsonist. They said the suspect set fire to apartment buildings in several Kennewick neighborhoods, but is barely old enough to drive.

Police brought the teenager into custody on an unrelated charge and then during their investigation detectives said he confessed to fires. First at the Hawaiian Village apartments off 10th Ave. in Kennewick, then to several fires at his relative's apartment on North Cleveland Street.

The fires took place late spring last year and you can still see the minor damage done to Cleveland street apartment's backyard fence. Detectives said the boy is only 16 years old and suggest he had emotional issues and pyromaniac tendencies. They said other children may be out there with similar symptoms and recommend boys like the alleged arsonist get psychological counseling.

"It's good to show them there's consequences to their actions especially when you light apartments on fire where other people could be in danger. So they have to realize there's consequences involved and not just the fact that they light a fire," said Detective Mike Hamilton. 

The teenager faces four counts of arson. Although no one was hurt during the fires, officers said two of those times people were in danger.