Charges have been filed against two people in connection to a break-in and house fire in Carrollton. A third person, a juvenile, was also taken into custody, but formal charges have not been filed. The blaze destroyed the home in the 300 block of East Third Street on Jan. 3. While crews were battling the fire, police were called to a break-in at the Bharti Liquor Store on North Mason.
According to online court documents, William Logston, 30, and Alex Beech, 17, are each charged with arson, burglary, and theft/stealing. Both are expected to appear for a hearing on Jan. 16. Bond information for the two men has not been released at this time. The juvenile, who is being held in Division of Youth Services custody, has not been identified.
According to the probable cause statement, Beech has admitted to having a part in setting the fire along with Logston and the unnamed juvenile. He also stated that Logston threw a brick and broke the glass at the liquor store and that he (Beech) and the juvenile stole a case of beer and tobacco items. The owners of Bharti Liquor have reported the total value of stolen items at $350.
According to the statement, Logston has denied any involvement with the above mentioned activities.
Police Chief Donnie King believed the Red Knights were likely behind last week’s fire. However, according to multiple KMZU listeners, Logston and Beech have not been linked to the alleged gang.
Press Release from the Carrollton Police Department
3 suspects have been taken into custody in connection with a fire at a local residence and breaking into the Bharti Liquor Store in Carrollton. Based on information provided by concerned citizens, the suspects were brought in for questioning. Two of the subjects admitted to their involvement and implicated the third who refused to make a statement. A juvenile is being held in Division of Youth Services custody. The two adult suspects are being held at the Ray County Corrections Center pending criminal charges being filed.
We wish to express our appreciation to every person and all the agencies that assisted during this investigation. As always, the suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a recognized court of law.