Man, 35, arrested in house fires

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:15 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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.

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