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Layton Police Department Arrest Arson Suspect

Article Published 04/05/2007

LAYTON – April 4, 2007

Layton City Police Department detectives arrested arson suspect, James Monte Ginn, 32 years old, on Monday, April 2, 2007.  The police department has responded to a series of suspicious fires over the past two weeks. 

On March 18, 2007 during the early morning hours, Layton officers responded to four suspicious fires.  One fire involved a dumpster and a van located near 132 South Fort Lane.  Later a utility trailer was set on fire at 625 East Adams Street.  The third fire was another vehicle, a 1968 Ford pickup truck, at 616 East Elm Street.

On March 25, 2007 officers responded to an attempted arson of a home located at 1007 East 260 South.  The homeowner noticed damage that appeared to be from a fire on the corner of the home.  On April 1, 2007, officers again responded to this home for another attempted arson. 

The suspect, James Ginn, and his 14-year-old nephew were in the area of the three fires on March 18, 2007 and were questioned by officers.  On 4-1-07, Ginn and his nephew were again found in the area of the attempted house fire.  Ginn was questioned by detectives and arrested for five counts of arson.  Ginn’s 14-year-old nephew was referred to Juvenile Court for the same charges.

There were no injuries in any of the fires.  In total, the estimated damage caused by these fires is about $5000.00.   The name of the juvenile suspect is not being released at this time.