Officers and Ybor YES Team Work Together in Arson Arrest

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WHEN: 07/22/2011, 7:20 a.m.

WHERE: 2222 4th Avenue East, Tampa

SUSPECT: Donald Wayne Neutz, W/M, 05/10/1954, address: at large

CHARGES: 1st Degree Arson

DETAILS: The Ybor Environmental Services (YES) Team employees saw the fire and the suspect walking away from the it. They tried to put the fire out and called the zone officer, Officer Sean Mahabir, on his cell phone. Once the witnesses gave the suspect’s description, Officer Mahabir immediately knew the suspect from patrolling the area. He is a homeless man known to sleep in vacant homes in the area. Officer Mahabir found the suspect at 7th Avenue and 22nd Street and he gave various stories about where he was when the fire occurred. When Officer Mahabir asked him why he smelled like smoke, he admitted to starting the fire. He was sleeping on the porch and started the fire to keep the mosquitoes away and the fire burned out of control. Investigators believe it is an isolated incident.