CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 22-year old man is facing a felony arson charge with the Cheyenne Police Department alleging that he poured gasoline on another person’s vehicle and then set it on fire.
Xavier Dyess was read the recommended charge of 3rd Degree Arson -Property Destruction during his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on April 6th, 2021, according to obtained court records.
An affidavit of probable cause says that officers with the Cheyenne Police Department were called to a residence within the city limits during the early morning hours of April 5th, 2021 to investigate a report of a vehicle fire.
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“Upon arrival, I observed a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had significant fire damage to the engine compartment and front of the vehicle,” an officer stated in the affidavit.
The officer reports that while on scene, dispatchers advised that a male had called in and reported that another person had told him there was going to be a car fire at the same location.
“I called the male and he identified himself as Xavier Dyess,” the officer went on to report.
Court papers say that the officer made contact with the suspect at the Pioneer hotel a short while later. According to the affidavit, Dyess denied to law enforcement that he was the one that started the vehicle fire.
Later that day, authorities were able to view security footage from the Pioneer Hotel which allegedly shows Dyess leaving the motel with a large backpack and carrying a red gas can, the affidavit reveals.
When speaking with Dyess a second time, officers report observing a “strong odor” of gasoline emitting from his motel room.
Court documents reveal that during an interview with police, Dyess stated that he had poured gasoline on the Jeep and then set it on fire with a lighter.
The estimated value of the Jeep is estimated to be $6,100, according to Kelly Blue Book.
If convicted on the 3rd degree Arson charge, Dyess could face up to 5 years in prison.
His bond was set at $10,000 cash.
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 Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.