Ex-felon charged with starting two fires near Pahrump Park
A Pahrump man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.
Nye County Deputy Hanon Daigler was dispatched to check on the welfare of an individual at approximately 1:41 p.m. Saturday, July 16, according to an arrest report from the sheriff’s office. En route on Pahrump Valley Boulevard, Daigler observed Justin Woodall acting erratically as he drove away from a newly lit fire in the Discovery Park area.
“The fire originated approximately 20 feet from the roadway on Pahrump Valley Boulevard across from Discovery Park,” the sheriff’s report said. “Justin was walking north on Pahrump Valley Boulevard, away from the traffic light. Justin was the only person in the area when the fire broke out.
Daigler spotted a second fire, according to the report, which erupted about 100 feet north of the first fire near where Woodall was walking.
“The growth of each fire was consistent with the path Justin walked,” according to Daigler’s arrest report. “Justin was the only person in the area of the rapidly growing fires. While I was trying to keep the fire from spreading, deputies were able to stop Justin along Pahrump Valley Blvd. After Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue crews were on scene to control the blaze, I moved to where Justin was arrested to positively identify him.
Woodall was in possession of two packs of matches, as well as two Bic lighters, a butane lighter and a white glass pipe commonly used to ingest methamphetamines, according to the report.
“Justin was taken into custody for third degree arson, for deliberately and maliciously setting fire to pine needles and railroad ties at two separate locations on the path he was traveling,” according to the report. “Information came out of the dispatch for Justin which showed he had not registered as an ex-felon with Nye County due to him stating he did not know not that he had to register in Nye County because he registered in Las Vegas. ”
Following the initial investigation, Woodall was arrested and taken into custody on charges of third-degree arson and failure to register as an ex-felon by illegally residing in Pahrump for more than 48 hours and failing to not recording.
Woodall was then transported to Nye County Detention Center without incident.
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