Spokane Police arrest convicted felon in connection to apartment fire

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Police arrested a man accused of setting his apartment on fire and threatening neighbors.

Jaime Herrera, 45, allegedly set his kitchen on fire at the Patrician Apartments Friday afternoon. Spokane Fire Department said four windows were also broken out and a table was thrown out of one of them.

According to police, Herrera was no stranger to them.

On Thursday night, police said Herrera, who is reportedly on a mental health hold, was throwing stuff around in his apartment. Officers were called, but he was not arrested since no crime was committed.

On Friday morning, at around 9 a.m., police got another call about him. Police said he was acting the same as the night before in his own apartment.

Officers arrived to find broken windows around the apartment building. Herrera allegedly made threats to kill everyone in the building by burning it down.

The landlord came to the building where a witness claimed Herrera threw a table at them and threatened them. Police said they had probable cause to arrest him for felony harassment and reckless endangerment. When police showed up and tried to get him out of the apartment, they found out he was no longer there and left to search for him.

At around 1:00 p.m., the fire started in the kitchen of Herrera’s apartment and was quickly put out by Spokane firefighters. No one was injured in the fire.

Police said he is a convicted felon and has been charged with first-degree arson, felony harassment and reckless endangerment.

This is a developing story.