Melvin L. Davis, 35, whom police suspect set fire to two Columbia residences on July 10, was arrested Tuesday in Palmdale, Calif., Columbia police said. His location was provided by a CrimeStoppers caller.
Police in Columbia coordinated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for the arrest. Davis is charged with first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, and second-degree arson.
The residences at 1218 Haven Road and 7 Navaho Ave. both sustained heavy fire damage. Davis was arrested without incident and will be extradited to Missouri to face charges, police said.