A 33-year-old Monroe man was arrested Friday, Feb. 17, for allegedly trying to set a business on fire in the 18900 block of State Route 2.
Monroe Police report officers responded to JR Phinickey’s Pub at 3:41 p.m. that day, where the owner showed them video of a person attempting to set the back patio on fire using a pile of newspapers.
The suspect had been contacted by officers just after 10 p.m. the night before in a parking lot near JR Phinickey’s, according to Monroe Police.
Video reportedly shows the suspect — wearing the same clothes and backpack — piling newspapers on the deck and then setting them on fire, adding more on after that.
An officer observed scorch marks and ashes on the deck, where the fire was contained and went out on its own.
That officer arrested the suspect around 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17, after seeing him walking northbound on North Lewis Street, according to Monroe Police, still wearing clothing from the night before.
The suspect was booked into Snohomish County Jail for second-degree arson.
The Monitor has requested further information from the county prosecutor’s office, and will update this story when that information becomes available.