CFO Sink Announces Arrest of Gadsden County Man for Attempted Murder and Arson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2009
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Jennifer Hirst, (850) 413-2842
CFO SINK ANNOUNCES ARREST OF GADSDEN COUNTY MAN FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ARSON
TALLAHASSEE- Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal Alex Sink today announced the arrest of a Gadsden County resident who allegedly set two fires to a Midway residence while occupants were inside. The arrest stems from a joint investigation by CFO Sink’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations and the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher Knight, 25, has been charged with multiple counts of arson and attempted murder. Knight was arrested yesterday and booked into the Leon County Jail; if convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.
“Arson is a serious crime that puts innocent citizens and rescue personnel at great risk, and this particular arrest shows just how destructive arson can be” said State Fire Marshal Sink. “I commend the SFM detectives, who have diligently worked this case and were able to take a violent criminal off the streets.”
Knight allegedly set fire to a home in Midway on September 9, 2009, that was determined to be arson after the State Fire Marshal’s Office discovered ignitable liquid surrounding the home, including the front and back doors. At the time of the fire there was one occupant inside who was able to exit the home without harm. According to witnesses, Knight started the fire after he had an argument with one of the residents.
Law enforcement officials completed the fire scene, cleared the dwelling and were attempting to locate Knight when a second fire at the same Midway residence occurred. This time, four occupants were present at the home; the fire was set in an isolated area outside one of the home’s windows. After the second fire, Knight fled from Midway to Tallahassee, where he was picked up by State Fire Marshal investigators and transported to the Leon County Jail.
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin. Anyone with information about arson or any suspicious incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NO-ARSON). Rewards are offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.