4 arrested in series of arsons in Mesa - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

4 arrested in series of arsons in Mesa

Posted: Updated:
Becker, Hanson Becker, Hanson
Owens, Bergin Owens, Bergin
  • Arizona HeadlinesMore>>

  • Retired agent wins $173,000 award in ATF lawsuit

    Retired agent wins $173,000 award in ATF lawsuit

    A retired federal agent was awarded $173,000 after a judge found the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had breached a 2007 legal settlement with him.
    A retired federal agent was awarded $173,000 after a judge found the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had breached a 2007 legal settlement with him.
  • Case against Navajo lawmaker in TV theft dropped

    Case against Navajo lawmaker in TV theft dropped

    Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a Navajo Nation lawmaker accused of stealing a television from a Gray Mountain motel.
    Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a Navajo Nation lawmaker accused of stealing a television from a Gray Mountain motel.
  • The Buzz: 9/16/14

    The Buzz: 9/16/14

    John Hook & Kari Lake talk about a drive thru funeral parlor, Apple creating a button to remove the U2 album, and a man who paid for surgery to operate on his goldfish 9/16/14
MESA, Ariz. -

Four men have been arrested, accused of setting arson fires in the city of Mesa during the past 15 months.

The suspects -- 20-year-old Spencer Scott Owens, 19-year-old Travis Lee Hanson, 19-year-old Clayton Charles Becker and 18-year-old Zachary Sean Bergin -- are believed to be behind a string of at least 27 arsons. Police say they used a butane torch to set fire to bushes, cars, sheds, and sometimes structures.

They allegedly started fires at a house and two local schools -- one of them Mountain View High School. The four suspects either attend or used to attend Mountain View.

Police say they were involved in drugs, and their main motive in starting the fires was simply to be destructive.

"To this date, no one's been injured in one of these fires, which was probably luck," said Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices