Fire Investigators Arrest Alleged Serial Arsonist
Clark County Fire Department investigators arrested 28-year-old Paul Joyner in connection with a series of arson fires that occurred near Maryland Parkway and Flamingo on Wednesday.
Fire investigators say Joyner set several dumpster fires and one vehicle fire during the alleged spree. The first call investigators responded to on Wednesday happened at 5:24 a.m. and involved a dumpster behind an apartment complex at 1555 E. Rochelle. Several more fires were reported over the course of two hours at various locations in the same area. Then, there was a lull in activity until more fires were reported in the afternoon, including a small blaze at 4:24 p.m. behind the Dollar Store at 4055 S. Maryland Pkwy. and a car fire at 4:26 p.m. at a nearby business park where an Audi convertible, model year 2012, was set on fire. The damage estimate on the car is approximately $20,000. Fire investigators arrested Joyner at approximately 5:25 p.m. near a strip mall on Maryland Parkway while responding to a dumpster fire at the business location.
“Our investigators did an outstanding job identifying and arresting this suspect and removing him from the streets of our community,” said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington. “Some of these fires were very close to buildings and could have spread rapidly if our firefighters hadn’t responded quickly to the scenes.”
Investigators identified Joyner as a suspect early on in the investigation based on witness interviews and his criminal past. Joyner, who has a history of vagrancy, was arrested in April for setting similar fires in the same area. Investigators recognized the pattern of fires and followed up with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, determining that Joyner had been released from the Detention Center in September after serving a six-month sentence for his arrest on arson charges this spring.
Joyner faces 10 counts of third-degree arson and one count of attempted arson for Wednesday’s fires. Additional charges are pending.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark County is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.