The Arson Task Force announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with the Greenwood arsons today. Members of the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Fire Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), held a press conference this afternoon detailing the early morning arrest of 46-year old Kevin Todd Swalwell.
Task force members had identified Swalwell as a person of interest in the Greenwood fires. Seattle Fire Investigators spotted him near the scene of a warehouse fire in Shoreline early this morning and contacted police. Swalwell was interviewed by police detectives and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of arson.
Seattle Police believe that Swalwell may be responsible for some if not all of the Greenwood arsons. Detectives are uncertain whether any additional suspects are connected to these crimes. Neighborhood arson patrols will continue until detectives are confident that these cases have been resolved. If you see anything suspicious taking place, call 911. If you have any information about any of the arsons, you can call the Arson Alarm Hotline at 1-800-55-ARSON. The Arson Alarm Foundation is offering up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.
As a reminder, there are simple things you can do to make your homes and neighborhoods safer. One of the most important is to clean up the areas around your homes and businesses. Get rid of any burnable items and keep your recycle bins secure.
Arson Tips for Residents: http://www.seattle.gov/fire/fmo/Info/Arson%20Tips%20for%20Residential.pdf
Arson Tips for Businesses: http://www.seattle.gov/fire/fmo/Info/Arson%20Tips%20for%20Business.pdf
Arson Tips in Spanish: http://www.seattle.gov/fire/fmo/Info/Arson%20Tips%20in%20Espanol.pdf
Now is also a very important time to make sure you have working smoke alarms and a fire safety plan. Seattle Fire Department offers free smoke alarms and installation for qualified homeowners.
Smoke Alarm Program: http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/smokealarms/smokeAlarms.htm
Home Fire Safety: http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/homesafety/homeFireSafety.htm
Fire Fact Sheets: http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/brochures/brochures.htm