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September 26, 2019

Two charged with setting fire to Warrenton house

Sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged Austin William Brown, 24, of Amissville, and Christopher Riley Perrin, 27, of Warrenton, after witnesses reported a red Jeep Wrangler in the area of Wednesday night’s fire.
Fauquier sheriff’s deputies charged two men with arson after a Warrenton home — extensively damaged in a July fire — burned again Wednesday night.

Citizens reported the fire 5900 block of Whippoorwill Drive just after 11 p.m. Sept. 25, Sgt. James Hartman said.

“While firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, witnesses reported to deputies either hearing a vehicle leave the scene or observing what appeared to be a red Jeep Wrangler leaving the area,” Sgt. Hartman said. “During the investigation, the Jeep described by witnesses was observed in the Whippoorwill Drive area.” 
 
Deputies stopped the vehicle and found “enough evidence to place the individuals in the Jeep at the scene of the house fire,” in the subdivision just north of town, the sergeant explained.

Austin William Brown, 24, of Amissville, faces a charge of arson of an unoccupied building, a Class 4 felony. Mr. Brown remained in jail without bond Thursday morning, according to Sgt. Hartman.
 
Christopher Riley Perrin, 27, of Warrenton, also faces the same arson charge and one for drunk in public.

“The arson warrant is on file at this time, due to his level of intoxication and service is pending,” Sgt. Hartman said. “A bond hearing was delayed also due to his level of intoxication.”
 
With the investigation ongoing, detectives would like to talk with anyone who might have information about the incident, Sgt. Hartman added.

Citizens may call 540-347-3300. A caller’s identity may remain anonymous.

The Fauquier County Fire Marshal’s Office has joined the investigation.


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Billy S · September 27, 2019 at 8:42 am
Man what a big happy smile for setting a house on fire and getting charged for it. Hopefully the judge will wipe that smile off his face and give these two upstanding citizens what they deserve.
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