Person of interest in Central Fla. arsons denied bond

Daytona police pick up person of interest on violation of probation

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The prime person of interest in connection with as many as three dozen fires is locked up at a Volusia County jail, but he's not going to be there for long.

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Daytona Beach police arrested Steven Angle for a violation of probation warrant that came out of Georgia.

Daytona Beach officer cameras were rolling as the 40-year-old fugitive was taken into custody at the Maui Surf Shop on Saturday. That was after he threatened to commit suicide, according to police.

Angle was arraigned Sunday morning. His mother, Shirley Scott, was also there for the arraignment; she insists he is not an arsonist.

"Because he's never done it in his life and he don't start fires," said Scott.

Angle will be held until he is extradited to Georgia for violating his probation there.

Daytona Beach police investigators said their evidence puts him in the area at the time of four arsons.

In Orlando, there were more than a dozen arson cases, including one at what is now a vacant lot in Thornton Park that was supposed to be a home deemed a historic site. In Sanford, 10 fires destroyed vacant homes, including the historic Little Red School House.

The fire marshal's office spent Saturday interviewing Angle, but they have not yet charged him for any fires.

Angle's arrest comes after an arson investigation task force was formed to try to solve these crimes.

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