JOPLIN, Mo. — About 2:23 AM early Friday morning Joplin Fire Department were alerted to a structure fire, 1110 East 7th, Teleperformance. Joplin Police officers were already on the scene clearing the building from a possible break-in and there was smoke in the building, so fire was dispatched immediately.
The source of the fire was located quickly by firefighters. However the sprinkler system had already gone off and drenched the interior of the building. We were told there was standing water everywhere. And heavy smoke damage.
The Joplin Fire Marshal arrived around 4:00 AM to begin the investigation. Addtionally Joplin Police investigators were present.
Sgt Tom Bowin of the Joplin Police Department told us overnight they had a suspect in custody. Now that man has been named and arrested on charges.
ARRESTED: Bridger Skye, 19
1st Degree Property Destruction
2nd Degree Stealing
1st Degree Burglary
1st Degree Arson
EARLIER THURSDAY EVENING, SECOND ARSON FIRE
Just before 10:00 PM Thursday night about four blocks away, 800 bk S. Vermont, Joplin Fire Department responded to reports of a vehicle on fire in a driveway. Sgt Bowin tells us that this subject is also the person of interest in that arson case. UPDATED: Bridger Skye is now arrested. This crime is included in theh detailed PC of charges.
PRESS RELEASE IN FULL
On April 23rd, 2020 at approximately 10:10 P.M. Joplin Police responded to the report of a vehicle fire in the area of 800 S. Vermont Ave. During their investigation it was found that a suspect had set a vehicle on fire then fled the area. At approximately 11:39 PM on April 23rd, 2020 Joplin Police responded to several theft from vehicle’s that took place in the same area of 1100 E. 7th St. Joplin Police Uniform Operations Officers at this time saturated the area patrolling for the suspect/suspects involved in these acts. Officer’s located a male in the area of 1110 E. 7th St on April 24, 2020 at approximately 1:52 A.M. leaving the area. The suspect was later identified as Bridger Skye 19 of Joplin, MO. Skye was found to be in possession of stolen items reported from the theft from vehicle’s that had occurred. Skye was taken into custody for the thefts and burning the vehicle on Vermont Ave. Officers then located an alarm within 1110 E. 7th St. Upon investigating, it was found that the building had a fire within it with an employee also being in the building. Joplin Fire responded and determined that arson had occurred to the building. No injuries were reported. Bridger was arrested for 1st Degree Property Destruction, 2nd Degree Stealing, 1st Degree Burglary, and 1st Degree Arson. Joplin Police Investigators are currently investigating these crimes. If you have any information you are asked to contact JPD Investigations at 417-623-3131 x881.JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA RELEASE