DETROIT, MI – On Friday, March 22nd, 2019, at approximately 10:45 a.m., in the 12200 block of Schaefer, a 16-year old female victim was sleeping in her home when an unknown suspect threw an object containing accelerants through the living room window of her home. As a result the victim sustained third degree burns on seventy percent of her body.
The victim was transported to a local hospital by medics and listed in critical condition.
There were seven additional victims inside the home at the time of the incident (four adults and three additional children). All were transported to a local hospital and listed in stable condition for injuries as a result of the fire.
An investigation was immediately launched by the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide, Arson, Headquarters Surveillance and Crime Intelligence Units. Through their combined efforts, Homicide and Arson members were able to utilize video footage from a local businesses one of which was a Project Green Light Detroit Business. Utilizing Project Green Light Gas Stations footage and the city’s License Plate Reader technology, along with great investigative work, and relentless follow-up.
DPD sworn and civilian members were able to identify and locate the 22-year old suspect. He was arrested on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at approximately 8:00 p.m., in the area of Davison and Holmur in Detroit, Michigan and conveyed to the Detroit Detention Center for processing.
A warrant package was submitted on Monday, March 25, 2019 to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review. The suspect was identified as James Craft and charged with Arson 1st Degree.
Acknowledgements are made to the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide, Headquarters Surveillance, Crime Intelligence Units, Detroit Fire Department’s Arson Department and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for their contributions in bringing this criminal to justice.