Three fires lead to arson and criminal mischief arrest

Three fires lead to arson and criminal mischief arrest

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Richard Monte Brown (Photo: Tuscaloosa PD) Richard Monte Brown (Photo: Tuscaloosa PD)
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The Tuscaloosa Police Department says they have arrested a man on arson and criminal mischief charges in relation to three fires set on April 25.

Officers say 55-year-old Richard Monte Brown is suspected of setting fires at an unoccupied business in the 200 block of East Hargrove Road, an unoccupied residence in Dubois Terrace and a dumpster fire in the 2000 block of East McFarland Boulevard. According to police, Brown was located near the dumpster fire while sitting on a fence in Snow Hinton Park with an open beer container at his feet. He was arrested that night for public intoxication and open beverage and bonded out on a $600 bond.

Brown was arrested on Tuesday and charged with two counts of 2nd degree arson and one count of 3rd degree Criminal Mischief. He is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $33,000 bond.

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