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Flagstaff police arrest man suspected of arson at a Walmart

Posted at 3:34 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 18:34:54-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Police in Flagstaff have arrested a man suspected of deliberately setting a fire at a Walmart store.

They announced Monday that Cody Yazzie has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

He's also accused of endangerment, giving false information to law enforcement and two drug charges plus an unrelated arrest warrant for trespassing.

Yazzie is jailed on $250,000 bond. It's unclear if he has a lawyer yet.

Police responded to the scene around 3 a.m. Saturday and reported heavy smoke inside the store and the sprinkler system activated.

Store employees told police that a man was seen leaving sections of the store where the fire started.

Police say a witness identified the possible suspect as Yazzie, who was found Saturday night at a camping area and evidence led to his arrest.