Revelstoke RCMP has made two arrests in connection to a brazen early morning arson that could have turned tragic.
On Aug. 6, shortly before 3 a.m., RCMP responded to a report that an unknown person or persons had tossed Molotov style cocktails into a home located in the 1100-block of Fourth Street East.
An occupant of the residence was home at the time and managed to extinguish the flames before they could spread further.
Neighbours said they heard screams during the night and that the police brought large searchlights to the area.
“Our front line RCMP officers responded to the scene and gathered evidence,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, RCMP Southeast District, in a news release.
“As a result of the investigation and police tactics used, two men were taken into police custody without incident, after they allegedly returned to the arson scene approximately an hour later.”
O’Donaghey said early investigations suggest that the incident was directed towards an isolated target. He said there is no risk to the general public.
O’Donaghey said there is no indication that the incident was hate-motivated. There are remnants on the home and nearby fence of graffiti that has been partially washed off from a previous incident.
Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.
Two Revelstoke men have been charged following the incident. Christopher Lee Fusick, 36 and Charles Andrew Poland, 34.
The charges include arson, mischief and disguising face with intent to commit an offence. The two have already appeared in court on Aug. 7 in Kamloops, but have since been released on bail.
The two are scheduled to appear at the Revelstoke courthouse on Sept. 2.
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