|Published:||Feb 26, 2014 4:45 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 26, 2014 4:45 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Two teens were arrested early this morning after allegedly setting multiple small fires in a vacant home on Hibiscus Rd. around 7:00 p.m. yesterday, before leading deputies on a foot chase.
According to the arrest report, firefighters found a small, intentionally set fire in the kitchen and in other areas of the residence, after a concerned citizen called 911.
Neighbors told deputies a young couple had been seen entering the residence many times. While speaking with neighbors, deputies saw a couple that matched the description given, walking toward the scene. The neighbor positively identified them as the couple that was seen just before an anonymous person called 911.
Deputies attempted to approach the couple, but they fled in different directions. K-9 and aviation units were called to assist in searching for them, but were unsuccessful.
Following the preliminary investigation, it was discovered that unknown persons had re-entered the crime scene and taken several personal items.
At 1:30 a.m., deputies allegedly found the suspects hiding at another vacant home nearby. The 17-year-old male and 16-year-old habitual runaway female were separated and taken in for questioning.
Based on information given in their separate interviews, and on the totality of the evidence, the boy and girl were arrested for arson, trespassing and resisting an officer.