Arson at Osoyoos cop shop

Arson at Osoyoos cop shop

Submitted by RCMP

A man (allegedly) tried to add fuel to a fire he (allegedly) started at the cop shop in Osoyoos.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. on July 25.

The suspect is 28-year-old Joseph Mcarthur-Pereira from Osoyoos.

First, using a gerry can of gasoline, he started fire to the main entrance and front wall of the detachment.

Two cops smelled smoke and went outside to discover the blaze.

“An astute passerby was already using water from his RV to douse the fire,” says the RCMP report.

“While police were outside the suspect returned with a box of wood, presumably to add to the fire, and was taken into custody.”

The Osoyoos Fire Department showed up to ensure the fire was out.

Although there was minimal damage, “the potential for serious damage and injuries was significant as the fire had already started to creep under the front door into the waiting area.”

Mcarthur-Pereira was charged with Arson Endangering Life and Mischief Causing Danger to Life.