LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A woman was arrested Mondayon federal arson charges involving multiple fires at Little Rock's Forest Place Apartments.
Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced that Lacey Rae Moore, age 43, of Little Rock, was arrested and appearedMonday in federal court on an Indictment handed down by a federal grand jury on Thursday, February 6, 2014.
The Indictment, unsealed after her arrest, charges Moore with five counts of arson, two counts of arson resulting in injury and one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device.
"(The) arrest of this arsonist is the result of excellent investigative work by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents, Little Rock Fire Department Fire Marshal's Office, Arkansas State Police Fire Marshal's Office and Little Rock Police Department," stated Thyer. "Through their diligence and expertise the mystery that caused millions of dollars' worth of damage, destroyed apartment buildings, displaced scores of residents and injured two firefighters, has been solved."
The Indictment alleges that Moore attempted to maliciously damage and destroy the Forest Place Apartments by use of fire and explosive materials. The fires were set on or about February 24, February 25, 2013; May 15, 2013; May 16, 2013; June 4, 2013; June 22, 2013; and June 28, 2013.
As a result of the fires set May 16 and June 4, 2013, two Little Rock Firefighters were injured. The final charge alleges that on July 1, 2013, Moore knowingly possessed a destructive incendiary device and bomb that was not registered to her in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
An ATF worker said Moore is a former resident of Forest Place Apartments, located at 1421 N University Avenue in Little Rock. The charges in which someone was injured each carry up to a 40-year-sentence; the other charges carry up to 20 years each. Moore remains in custody at the Pulaski County Detention Center.