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.
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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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