Patricia N. L. Craft (Photo: MCSO)
KINGMAN — A Kingman woman was allegedly caught starting a brush fire during police surveillance.
Kingman Police Department officers arrested Patricia N. L. Craft, 27, of Kingman, about 1 a.m. June 20 on felony charges of two counts arson of an occupied structure, five counts arson of a structure/property, and eight counts of domestic violence by endangerment.
The Kingman Fire Department was called June 18 to a residence in the 500 block of Gold Street on three separate occasions regarding brush fires near the residence.
According to KPD, during those investigations, Craft reported that she suspected her brother to be the suspect in lighting the fires. Officers were unable to confirm suspect identification. Officers investigating the fires learned June 20 that other fires had been set, wherein the home was actually damaged by fire before being extinguished.
Officers established surveillance and they reportedly observed Craft ignite a brush fire next to the home throwing a bundle of ignited papers out of a window onto the ground. Craft, who initially denied involvement, later allegedly admitted to lighting the fires.
KPD said eight other people, related to Craft, were living in the home, ranging from very young to elderly. Her motive in lighting the fires is not clear.
Craft was arrested and booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility.