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Alleged serial arsonist arrested by fire investigators

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Alleged serial arsonist arrested by fire investigators

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Oct 3, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Clark County Fire Department investigators arrested 28-year-old Paul Joyner in connection with a series of arson fires that occurred near Maryland Parkway and Flamingo on Wednesday.

Investigators said Joyner set several dumpster fires and one vehicle fire during the alleged spree.

The first came in around 5:30 a.m. and involved a dumpster behind an apartment complex at 1555 East Rochelle. Several more fires were reported over the course of two hours at various locations in the same area.

Then later in the afternoon more fires were reported, including a small fire around 4:30 p.m. behind the Dollar Store at 4055 South Maryland Parkway and a car fire just minutes later at a near by business park where an Audi convertible was set on fire.

Damage on the car was estimated at $20,000.

Joyner was arrested around 5:30 p.m. near a strip mall on Maryland Parkway.

Investigators identified Joyner as a suspect early on in the investigation based on witness interviews and his criminal past.

He has a history of vagrancy and was arrested in April for setting similar fires in the same area. Investigators recognized the pattern of fires and followed up with Las Vegas police, determining that Joyner had been released from jail in September after serving a six-month sentence for his arrest on arson charges this spring.

Joyner faces 10 counts of third-degree arson and one count of attempted arson for Wednesday's fires. Additional charges are pending.