SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Sierra Vista police arrested a 15-year-old boy and have charged him with five felonies after he allegedly set fire to his caregivers’ home while they were sleeping.
Cpl. Scott Borgstadt, Public Information with Sierra Vista says police received a 911 call on Sunday reporting a possible arson in the 1800 block of Elmwood Lane in Sierra Vista.
The homeowners reported they were awoken by a smoke detector and found three separate fires were burning in the home, said Borgstadt. They also said the child they were caring for, 15-year-old Hayden Beauliue, was missing.
The homeowners extinguished the fires before they could cause extensive damage.
Two of the fires had been set inside Beauliue's bedroom, while a third was contained to the laundry room, said Borgstadt.
Officers located Beauliue a few blocks away from the home.
The homeowners said Beauliue was placed in their home in September and were in the process of becoming his foster parents, said Borgstadt.
The investigation determined that Beauliue set the fires and left the house without waking the homeowners.
Beauliue was initially charged as a juvenile, but upon review of the case, the Cochise County Attorney’s Office advised the Sierra Vista Police Department to charge Beauliue as an adult.
Borgstadt says Beauliue has been charged with two counts of attempted second degree murder, two counts of attempted manslaughter, and one count of arson.