COOPER COUNTY, Mo. – The Cooper County Sheriff has made an arrest in a number of arson fires reported over the weekend near Boonville.
The Sheriff’s Department reported that they had detained a 39 year old Hispanic male from Illinois for questioning about the fires and formal charges were filed Tuesday afternoon, September 22, 2015. Macario Ortiz is now facing nine felony charges including arson and knowingly burning or exploding. He is set to appear in court Wednesday morning.
Ortiz arrived in Boonville around September 17 to work at the China One Buffet, but worked only one day before leaving. Officials estimate the total damage from the fires to be around $60,000