• Man arrested after allegedly setting fire to tent in dispute over $40, police say

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    A man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly setting fire to another man's tent in South Seattle in a dispute over $40, police said. 

    Police said the conflict began Monday night when the 39-year-old suspect went to the victim and tried to get $40 he claims he was owed. The victim told the man he didn't have the money. In response, the suspect said he had until the next morning to get it. 

    The fire allegedly occurred at around 6:15 a.m. when the suspect approached the tent in the 2000 block of 24th Avenue South and tried to claim $40 he says he was owed. The victim told the man he was unable to pay, after which he reportedly saw flames on his tent. 

    The victim fled the tent and chased the suspect, who reportedly threw a rock at the victim and threatened him. 

    The victim followed the suspect to an abandoned building at Rainier Avenue South and Hill Street where he borrowed a phone to call police. Officers searched the building and found the suspect. 

    The suspect was booked into King County Jail for arson. 


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