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Cooperative Effort Leads to Arrest of Arson Suspect in Woodbridge
For Release
July 2, 2020

On June 22nd, fire and rescue units were dispatched to a reported house fire in the 1700 block of Potomac View Avenue in Woodbridge.  A neighbor discovered and extinguished the fire while alerting the occupants, who safely evacuated. 


Since this was the third fire, at this address, in two months, the occupants immediately notified the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office.  Due to circumstances surrounding this incident and investigation of the previous two fires, Fire Marshals worked quickly with Prince William County Police to find and detain the suspect, Mr. Christopher Sears, of Woodbridge. 


Upon additional investigation, into this incident, Mr. Sears was arrested.  Mr. Sears was subsequently arrested on multiple felony charges related to the arson.  The Stafford County Fire Marshal’s K-9 and Handler also contributed to this case. 


The investigation continues into this and other related incidents.


Arrested on June 22nd: 


Christopher Joshua SEARS, 27, of 12993 Taxi Drive in Woodbridge. 

Charged With:
  • §18.2-77          Burning of an occupied dwelling
  • §18.2-85          Use of a firebomb
  • §18.2-137        Felony vandalism
  • §18.2-423.01  Threatening by burning

Other additional charges are pending. 

Court Date: TBD | Bond:  Unavailable



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