The suspect in the North Phoenix house fire that resulted in the death of an 86-year-old woman is currently being booked into Maricopa County Jail. Live images from Sky 12 showed officers making the arrest earlier this evening. Phoenix police have released more details about the ongoing investigation. Officers have taken Wayne Tweed into custody, along with another person who was present during the fire.
The second person survived but sustained injuries and has been cooperative with the police, providing valuable information that led to the arrest of the suspect. The arrest took place in a dramatic scene in the North Phoenix neighborhood where the murder suspect was hiding.
Police received information that Wayne Tweed was at the property and moved in with guns drawn. It was revealed that on Thursday, Tweed intentionally set the house on fire while Elizabeth Bell was trapped inside, resulting in her death. Police are currently investigating the history of the property, as well as the relationship between Elizabeth Bell and Mr. Tweed.
During the arrest, police announced the names of individuals who may be related to the residence using a loudspeaker. A woman was first taken into custody on unrelated felony warrants before Tweed was arrested for second-degree murder charges. Neighbors have reported that Tweed was one of many vagrants staying at the victim’s property. The motive behind the crime has not been disclosed by the authorities.
However, they expressed relief that the murder suspect has been apprehended and emphasized their commitment to ensuring justice for the victims. It has been reported that the 86-year-old woman’s home has had six calls for service this year, including one reporting a vulnerable adult and another made by the victim herself to report theft.
All of these calls are currently under investigation..