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Man arrested near Othello for arson

OTHELLO – A local man remains in jail in connection with a reported arson July 18.

Victor Jesus Perez-Villela, 28, was arrested and booked into the Franklin County Jail on a second-degree arson charge. He remained in the jail at press time.

According to the Adams County Sheriff's Office, fire crews and deputies responded to a structure fire at ab out 3:35 p.m. July 18 in the 2100 block of West Moon Road.

The suspect had fled on foot, records show. But Othello police located the suspect – identified as Perez-Villela – and took him into custody without incident.

He was transported to the jail in nearby Franklin County, where he is being held on a second-degree arson charge.

"We appreciate the Othello Police Department for their response to the scene and the vital role they took in apprehending the suspect in this case," Adams County Sheriff Dale Wagner said, noting his agency is thankful nobody was injured.


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