Man denies setting downtown tree on fire

No arrests were made for a fire that was set on a tree near the Bremerton ferry terminal fountains Sept. 10. One suspect provided a false name to an officer.

An officer was dispatched at about 8 p.m. to a tree on fire next to the fountains near the Bremerton ferry terminal. A witness reported seeing a female with a white sweatshirt and shorts and a male wearing a black hat running from the area.

The officer observed three individuals — two females and one male — walking away from the scene.

One of the females and the male matched the suspects’ description. The officer located the group at the area of Burwell Street and Park Avenue.

The three individuals said they came from the fountains but that they did not see a tree on fire.

The male, who was a minor, said that he was at the ferry toll booth asking for the time and was not near the tree.

None of the three had identification on them. The male provided his name but the name did not come through any of the systems the officer used.

The officer asked him if he was telling the truth and the male said he was. Eventually, the male provided a different name, his real name, and told the officer “Sorry, I got scared.”

The Bremerton Fire Department advised that the tree fire was set with a lighter. It was a small fire that was at the base of the tree. The witness could not positively identify the suspects and all three were released at the scene because of insufficient evidence.

The report was forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor’s office with a request to charge the male with providing false or misleading statements to a public servant.

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