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Man arrested for allegedly setting furniture on fire in house

Daniel Nixon (Courtesy NHSCO)

WILMINGTON — A few weeks after a home invasion took place in the 400 block of Rutledge Drive, a man was arrested in connection to arson in a home on the same block.

READ MORE: 3 people shot in home invasion

The Wilmington Police Department arrested 32-year-old Daniel Nixon on Wednesday. Officers suspect he entered a house and doused “a piece of furniture with an accelerant” before lighting it afire. The incident took place before 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.

A release from WPD noted Nixon fled the scene before first responders, including police and fire department personnel, arrived. The investigation revealed Nixon had become frustrated, due to a dispute with another individual.

According to Lt. Greg Willett, the incident happened at the same property of a home invasion that took place at the end of August. That incident involved a suspect shooting three people who were transported to Novant NHRMC with non-life-threatening injuries.

“The shooting is still under investigation,” Willett wrote in an email to PCD. “Right now everything indicates the arson and Nixon are not related to the shooting.”

A warrant for Nixon’s arrest was obtained and he was taken into custody Sept. 13. He is being held at the New Hanover County Detention Center under a $30,000 secure bond.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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