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$1 million bail for arson suspect

November 14th, 2009 · No Comments

In court today, a judge set bail of $1 million for arson suspect Kevin Todd Swalwell, who is accused of setting numerous fires in Greenwood, including one that seriously burned a man.

According to the statement of probable cause (.pdf), Swalwell “was captured on surveillance video at 8516 Greenwood Ave. N at the time of a fire being set to the rear of the restaurant there that was determined to be arson. Suspect admitted to detectives, after Miranda waiver, that he was solely responsible for setting the fire, along with several other arson fires in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle.” Investigators also say Swalwell’s palm prints were found on a container of lighter fluid left behind at the scene of the August 13th fire at a home on NW 84th St. that seriously injured a man.

Swalwell has two prior felony convictions for arson — the first back in 1983. He’ll be formally charged next week.

(Photo: Washington Department of Corrections)

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