Sisters freshman arrested for arson


Last updated 6/13/2023 at 3:51pm

A Sisters High School freshman was arrested on Wednesday May 31 in connection with two fires in girls’ bathrooms that led to the evacuation of the school. Authorities withheld the name of the juvenile female.

According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, a student at Sisters High School alerted staff to a fire in the girl’s restroom at 10:20 a.m. School staff responded to the girls’ restroom and used a fire extinguisher to quench the blaze, which was located in the trash receptacle.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy assigned to Sisters High School also responded. Shortly thereafter, a second fire was reported in a separate girl’s restroom. The second fire was active and fuel source — a paper product and a plastic toilet paper dispenser — created a lot of black smoke.

The school was evacuated, and students were ultimately sent home for the day. There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident, DCSO reported.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy was provided surveillance footage, and was able to identify a suspect. The suspect, a freshman student, was located at the school property and arrested without incident on charges of two counts of first degree arson; one count of first degree criminal mischief; and one count of disorderly conduct.

The suspect was transported to the Deschutes County Juvenile Detention Center and lodged.


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