Two Young Brothers Helped Catch Arson Suspect in Sun Valley

SUN VALLEY, Nev. -- A teenager is in custody, suspected of starting a string of fires in Sun Valley. He got caught because of two unlikely heroes.

Saturday night, flames forced many people from their homes. Sun Valley neighbors said they were feeling targeted. This is the second time in two weeks they have had fires in the area.

One woman said it is thanks to some good samaritans who alerted the neighborhood that no one lost their homes. Yolanda Crawford tells KOLO 8 News Now that "all of the sudden the kids started yelling that there was a fire and that teenagers were lighting the dead grass over there which got out of hand."

Crawford says teenagers were attempting to light her house on fire but were stopped by her young neighbors, two brothers who are only eleven and 14 years old.

Gerardo Munoz, 14, says he's proud of what he did.

"Once I saw him run, my brother took off trying to grab him, but he couldn't so that's when I knew I had to take action," Munoz said.

Sergeant Douglas Brady with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office confirmed the boys helped stop the suspect. The 14 year old tackled the older suspect to the ground.

"What he did was a real good thing. He caught the suspect and we recovered a lighter and we have multiple witnesses who say he actually saw him start the fire," said Douglas.

Officers are still looking for another suspect who ran away from the scene. Investigators are also trying to determine whether or not the Saturday night fires are connected to similar fires in Sun Valley last week.


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