On Friday, March 7 at about 8:14 pm, the Fire and Police Departments for St. Albans were dispatched to the rear of the Kroger Supermarket located at the St. Albans Mall Shopping Center along MacCorkle Avenue. Employees reported some boxes had been set on fire outside the back of the store a few feet from a 500 pound propane tank. The St. Albans Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire. Officers were able to see about 8-10 cardboard boxes had been burnt.
A Kroger Loss Prevention Associate told officers of the possible suspects now being in front of the stores walking west from Kroger. Officers found the two which were detained. Several knives and bic lighters were found on them after a pat down. One of the two admitted he set the fire. This was confirmed in viewing the store’s surveillance video. Two males were clearly seen in the area around some boxes then walking away. Smoke and flames were seen about 30 seconds later and no one else came in to the area.
They were arrested and taken to SAPD for processing. Arrested was Daniel L. Ferrell (33 y.o.a. from St. Albans) and Jameson D. Edwards (26 y.o.a. from St. Albans). Both waived their rights and gave statements. Edwards admitted to stealing a can of beer from Kroger, fleeing the store with it when asked for ID to purchase it shortly before the fire. Ferrell admitted to setting the fire in the company of Edwards.
Ferrell was charged with First Degree Arson and is being held on a $1,000 bond. Edwards was also charged with First Degree Arson. He also had an outstanding Family Court Capias for Child Support. He is being held without bond on the Capias.
Ptl. A. C. Truitt is the investigating officer. He was assisted by Ptl. M. J. Martin, Lt. M. J. Dlugos, & Sgt. M. T. Page.
All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.