FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas police have arrested a woman, her teenage daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend, and two other men as suspects in a string of vehicle fires investigators blamed on arson.
The 39-year-old woman, her 17-year-old daughter, the daughter’s 19-year-old boyfriend and two other men, ages 18 and 19, on suspicion of arson.
Fort Worth arson investigator Brad Sims says the mother had her 8-year-old son with her when the fires were set.
Fort Worth police say nine vehicles were torched within an hour before dawn Saturday within a 2½-mile radius in southern Fort Worth between Texas Christian University and Interstate 35W. An arrest warrant affidavit says gasoline was used to burn the vehicles.
Sims says the motive behind the fires is unclear, but gang-related activity wasn’t suspected.