Mills Police arrest suspected arsonist in connection with two fires

Mills fire crews investigate the scene following a vehicle fire near Hanley and Smith Streets in Mills, May 18, 2019. Officials said that the case was being investigated as possible arson, and was one of four possible arsons in Mills, since April. (Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Mills Police Department has arrested an individual they suspect of starting several fires between April 3 and May 24.

The alleged arsonist is also connected to arson investigations in Texas, Mills Police Officer Kate Acord said in a July 10 press release.

“All of the fires were determined to be suspicious in nature, and an arson investigation was opened,” the release states. “The Mills Police Department conducted an extensive investigation, in coordination with the Mills Fire Department, Natrona County fire investigators, Casper Fire Department fire
investigators, Evansville Fire Department investigators, as well as the Cooperas Cove Fire Department in Cooperas Cove Texas, and with assistance from the Casper Police Department.”

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The release states that police suspect the alleged arsonist to have been connected to at least two of four fires, though it does not specify which of the four fires those are. Two of those fires occurred over Memorial Day weekend.

On April 3, 2019, at approximately 22:12 hours (10:12PM) a vehicle fire was reported in the area of 5th Street and Wasatch, Mills, Wyoming.

On May 9, 2019, at approximately 22:54 hours (10:54PM) a structure fire was reported in the 200 block of Midwest Street, Mills, Wyoming.

On May 24, 2019, at approximately 21:03 hours (9:23PM) a structure fire was reported in the 500 Block of Riverview, Mills, Wyoming.

On May 24, at approximately 23:50 hours (11:50PM) a structure fire was reported in the 500 block of Wasatch, Mills, Wyoming.

No injuries were reported with any of the fires.

During the course of the investigation, a suspect was identified. On July 10, 2019, at approximately 13:45 hours (1:00PM) the suspect was arrested, in connection with two of the fires, and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.

Because the investigation is ongoing and involves multiple jurisdictions, the suspect’s name will not be released at this time.

The suspect is expected to make his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on July 11, 2019.

Mills Police Department

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the respective offices of involved District Attorneys.