Marana man accused of setting Santa Cruz River fires

2013-04-10T00:00:00Z 2013-04-10T08:34:43Z Marana man accused of setting Santa Cruz River firesCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A 24-year-old Marana man was arrested Tuesday night, accused of starting fires along the bike path in 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 on suspicion of criminal damage in the spray painting of 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 by the river earlier in the day. The man told the children he had started a fire in the river Monday night, Brunenkant said.

The description of the man led police to search for Shotts. During the search, reports of a man setting fires along the bike path in the river came in to 911, said Brunenkant.

On Monday night, Northwest Fire District crews battled a brush fire in the river area near Cortaro. It burned about an acre and a half before it was brought under control, authorities said.

 

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