Marana man accused of setting fires in the Santa Cruz River

2013-04-09T21:39:00Z 2013-04-10T08:34:43Z Marana man accused of setting fires in the Santa Cruz RiverCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 09, 2013 9:39 pm  • 

A 24-year-old Marana man was arrested Tuesday night after he allegedly started fires along the bike path of the Santa Cruz River Park, police said.

Tyler Christopher Shotts, of the 7100 block of West Deserama Drive, is facing three counts of reckless burning and two counts of endangerment, said Sgt. Tim Brunenkant of the Marana Police Department.

Shotts, who was arrested at his home, was booked into the Pima County jail.

Shortly before 5 p.m., police cited Shotts for criminal damage in connection to spray painting the bridge at West Cortaro Farms Road and the Santa Cruz River, Brunenkant said.

Police then received a call from the parents of children who had talked to a man earlier in the day by the river, and the man told the children that he had started a fire in the river Monday night, Brunenkant said.

The description of the man led police to search for Shotts, and during the search reports of a man on a bicycle lighting fires along the river's bike path came in to 911, said Brunenkant.

It was the second night in a row that Northwest Fire District firefighters responded to the area to battle brush fires.

On Tuesay, firefighters got the brush fires under control in 35 minutes, said Capt. Adam Goldberg of Northwest Fire District.

On Monday, crews battled a brush fire in the river after 9 p.m. It burned about an acre and a half before the blaze was brought under control, Goldberg said.



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