July 29, 2014
Police have arrested a resident of the Mizpah Hotel, Valerie Moore, 47, on suspicion of multiple counts of murder and first degree arson.
Another resident of the hotel, Maxie Birch, said Moore set a mattress on fire outside his door. In a KOLO interview, Birch said Moore set the mattress on fire because he wouldn't answer when she knocked on his door. Birch said he thinks Moore was trying to kill him. However, he said he was able to escape through a window. He also said he believes Moore was drunk.
Law enforcement said Moore was already on parole for murder.
Birch said ordinarily Moore was "friendly," and her actions were out of character. He also said she worked as a cook at a local casino.