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  • Hurricane Arson Suspect Arrested, Charged With Aggravated Arson
    by Nancy Perkins, Contributor
    Published - 08/25/10 - 05:29 PM | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Arson Suspect Kyle Bryden Harper (WCSO photo)
    Arson Suspect Kyle Bryden Harper (WCSO photo)
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    (Hurricane, UT) - Kyle Bryden Harper, 29, of Hurricane was arrest Wednesday and charged with starting several vehicle and structure fires in the Hurricane area. He faces a first-degree felony charge of aggravated arson. Harper is being held in the Washington County jail on $40,000 Bail and a Fifth District Court hold order for an outstanding warrant.

    Hurricane Police Sgt. Stacey Gubler said Harper was arrested following a task force investigation into numerous suspicious fires reported over the past year and a half in Hurricane and St. George.

    Harper is suspected of setting fire to a $15,000 dollar fifth-wheel travel trailer on August 9 and torching a shed in town early Tuesday morning in Hurricane. Both fires threatened or damaged other vehicles or structures before being extinguished by Hurricane Valley Fire District firefighters.

    He is a suspect in numerous vehicle fires reported in both cities, according to Gubler, who interviewed Harper prior to his arrest. Additional charges are expected to be filed against him in some of those St. George cases, Gubler said.

    Members of the ad hoc task force, formed specifically to investigate the arson-caused fires in the area included Gubler, St. George Fire Department Captain Jason Whipple, Hurricane Valley Fire Chief Tom Kuhlmann and State Fire Marshall Todd Hohbein.

    “We formed the task force to pool our resources and information, with each one of us working on different aspects of the case," Gubler said.

    "Once the task force began sharing evidence, it became clear there were similarities between all the cases," said Kuhlmann.

    “Information sharing was the key." Whipple said St. George had about six vehicle fires that were similar in their evidence and that led to a suspect,” Kuhlmann said. “This arrest wouldn’t have happened without the task force working together and pooling resources. It allowed us to connect the dots.”

    Harper is also charged with a third-degree felony count of arson and public intoxication.

    For additional information go to Hurricane Police Department
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    victim's sister
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    August 28, 2010
    Glad this guy was caught. My sister is probably the victim of his arson. Would be nice if part of his sentence was that he had to pay back his victims what he took from them. She is disabled and this car was the only thing of value in her life. It allowed her the ability to provide some useful service to those in her reach, which was the one joy in her life. He stole this from her. She does not have the ability or opportunity to replace this car...it will take her years to save enough to even buy a junker that could get her around town. The the crime goes deeper than just the arson--the greater crime is that she is now homebound with no hope of change!
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