Accused arsonist, burglar indicted by grand jury
A grand jury has returned with a set of indictments against a Juneau man accused of setting fire to an apartment building on Lemon Creek Road this summer.
Twenty-five year old Timothy D. James is being charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and arson in connection with the July 11th incident.
James is accused of entering a Juneau woman’s apartment on Lemon Creek Road, damaging some of her belongings and taking others. The arson charge is because James allegedly returned to his own nearby apartment building and endangered other people’s lives by creating an explosion or starting a fire.
Electronic court records indicate that James was arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday. A competency hearing is planned for later this month.
According to a statement from Juneau Police at the time, a neighbor heard a commotion in the first apartment and witnessed someone leave who was ‘oddly dressed and had several items in his possession.’ Officers say they later contacted the burglary suspect on a nearby trail. As they tried talking to the man who was described as ‘very uncooperative,’ officers noticed smoke coming from the man’s own apartment in a nearby building at 1995 Lemon Creek Road.
The fire was put out by responding firefighters and no one was reported hurt.
Fire and police officials investigated several fires in the early half of 2011 that they considered as suspicious in nature or arson-caused.