Pahrump man accused of setting fire to local church
LAS VEGAS (KSNV NEWS3LV) —
A Pahrump man was arrested after police say he set fire to a church.
On Friday, Aug. 25, around 1 a.m., Nye County Sheriff's deputies and Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at the Trinity Assembly of God church, 750 S. Big Five Road.
Investigators responded to the scene after evidence at the scene suggested the fire was intentionally set. Nye County Sheriff’s deputies began searching the area when one of the deputies had located a suspicious vehicle parked in the middle of a road in the Ashanti Ridge housing development.
The vehicle had no lights on and was facing towards the structure fire. Deputies made contact with the driver, identified as 53-year-old Frank Eugene Casey, who was intoxicated and smelt of smoke, which prompted the deputies to notify the ATF and NDI investigators.
Deputies subsequently placed Casey under arrest for Driving Under the Influence, 3rd Offense, and he was transported to the Nye County Detention Center.
Nye County detectives, along with the ATF and NDI investigators, interviewed Casey where he admitted to starting the fires at the Trinity church building.
Casey informed investigators that he used spray paint as an accelerator to one of the exterior walls of the church, but was unable to ignite the wall. Casey stated he then opened the door to a storage utility room where he then ignited a fire that destroyed the entire interior portion of the room, along with all items and tools that were stored within.
Casey was placed under arrest on charges of 1st degree arson and damage to property used for religious purposes. He is being held on bail in the amount of $102,500.