A 12 year-old male and a 12 year-old female are facing charges in connection with recent fires in Regina.
On June 13th, 2015, Regina Fire Protective Services and the Regina Police Service responded to several suspicious fires within a two-hour period. A vacant house on the 1400 block Garnet was set on fire. Around the same time a fence was set on fire beside an occupied house in the 1400 Athol Street. A short time later grass and rubbish was set on fire beside the Provincial Territorial Building at 3304 Dewdney Avenue. The fence fire and the fire beside the Provincial Territorial Building were extinguished before causing damage to buildings. The Regina Commercial Crimes Unit investigated these three Arsons and are charging a 12 year old male and a 12 year old female with two counts of Arson Causing Damage to Property 434 CC, and 1 count of Arson with Disregard for Human Life 433(a) CC. The children will not be named in accordance with the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. They will appear in Youth Court at a later date.
The above-mentioned concluded cases follow another recent conclusion to a number of arson investigations. On June 4th, another 12 year-old male (not the same as the June 13th cases above) was charged with 21 Arsons which occurred between February 2nd and May 31st. The fires included one vacant house, one occupied house, a garage, numerous garbage and recycling bins, a fence, rubbish and clothing. The house fire on May 24th in the 1100 block Rae Street was an occupied residence, so one of the charges is Arson with Disregard for Human Life 433(a) CC. The other charges were Arson Causing Damage to Property 434 CC. (There were also other children, ranging in age 8 – 11 years, identified as having had some involvement in these arsons but these children have not been charged due to their ages.)
The Regina Police Service would like to remind the public that their assistance is invaluable in investigations. Anyone with information that could help solve crimes is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 777-6500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.