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Investigators: Homeowner catches suspected arsonist in the act

by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on June 24, 2010 at 12:24 PM

HOUSTON—A Harris County homeowner caught a suspected arsonist in the act late Wednesday night, investigators said.

According to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, the homeowner was smoking a cigarette on his porch in the 400 block of Antelope Drive, when his dogs started barking.

When he went to investigate, he saw a man running from the side of his house.

The owner chased the man and caught him a few houses down, but he was unable to hold him until deputies could get there.

Deputies found the suspect, later identified as Jeremiah Kellar, around 11:30 p.m. just a few blocks from the scene.

"The homeowner identified Kellar as an ex-roommate," said Investigator Dean Hensley with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Keller was arrested and charged with arson to a habitation.

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