Editors note: This report corrects a previous version detailing the times and locations of other fires being investigated in Warren. We regret the error.
WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man has officially been charged with starting two fires in Warren, one last Thursday and another back in September. He is also a person of interest in several other fires.
Donald Taylor, 36, is charged with aggravated arson and arson. He was booked into the jail around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. He was in Warren Municipal Court Monday and is being held without bond.
According to Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle, the charges stem from two fires. One happened earlier this year on September 19 on the 300 block of Tod Ave. NW where a couch on a porch was set on fire. The other happened Thursday on the 800 block of Parkman Road NW where a house was set on fire.
Chief Nussle confirmed that Taylor is also a person of interest in several other fires.
“We’ve had a rash of fires from structures to signs at buildings to tires and so forth,” Nussle said.
The Warren Fire Department, Warren police, ATF and the State Fire Marshal are all investigating and released this photo of the suspect in the Thursday fires.
According to the State Fire Marshal’s office, a suspect was identified based on the media release and the Blue Ribbon Arson Reward was instrumental in identifying the suspect.
A Trumbull County sheriff’s deputy spotted a man Saturday on Courthouse Square who looked like a photo shared of the suspect. The deputy couldn’t immediately bring up the picture of the suspect, so he asked another detective who showed him a picture from WKBN.com and the man was identified.
Investigators took it from there and brought Taylor to the police station for questioning.
The State Fire Marshal is continuing to work with area local police and fire departments to identify any other suspects or information including video that may assist in the investigation.
It is an on-going criminal investigation at this time.