Teen pleads guilty to pagoda fire in Tacoma park
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tacoma to setting fire to the historic pagoda in the city's Point Defiance Park.
The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/nTKFOo ) he is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 11 in juvenile court.
Metro Parks employee spotted flames about 4 a.m. on April 15 in the 97-year-old pagoda in the park's Japanese garden. The heavily damaged building had been a favorite site for weddings and other special events.
The teen was arrested April 20 after his bicycle was stopped by an officer at 1 a.m. in the morning. He had a gallon of gasoline in his backpack and a box of wooden matches.
Investigators later found text messages on his phone implicating him in the pagoda fire.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com