NEW DETAILS: Pocahontas County arson suspect facing additional charges

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MARLINTON, WV (WVNS) — A man facing arson charges in Pocahontas County is back in jail after court documents said he broke bond protocol and set fire to a camper.

West Virginia State Police were called to Jericho Road in the Marlinton area on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. After arriving, they said they noticed a man walking along the road, lighting leaves in the side ditch on fire in three different areas.

Investigators said the man, identified as Richard Brewer, of Beverly, was holding a butane lighter in his right hand. According to court documents, Brewer admitted to lighting the three fires, saying that he “had just had enough.” When brought in for questioning following his arrest, investigators said he told them he “just snapped” and “was really mad.”

Brewer was arraigned on three counts of Willfully, Unlawfully, and Maliciously Setting Fire on Lands. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Brewer posted bond on December 7, 2020, after it was revised to $7,000 from the original amount of $15,000. Conditions of the bond included Brewer not leaving the state of West Virginia. Three days later, his bond was modified to have him report to have bond supervision through North Central Community Corrections (NCCC) in Randolph County.

According to Pocahontas County Circuit Court documents, the state received violation reports from North Central Community Corrections on February 17, 2021. From December 2020 to February 2021, Brewer reportedly failed to check in to NCCC and left the state of West Virginia without permission. He also allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine and/or marijuana four times during that time span, admitting to using them on one occasion.

Brewer’s bond was later revoked and a capias warrant was issued for his arrest.

On May 12, 2021, West Virginia State Police were dispatched to Stoney Creek Road in Marlinton for a call of someone setting fire to a camper. Two women and a man living on the property told investigators Brewer was there earlier that evening and they noticed smoke coming from their camper. Court documents said a large amount of fire damage was done to the RV before the three put it out. The property owners told investigators Brewer, who was last seen heading north on U.S. 219 at the time, was angry because he was not allowed to live in the camper.

Troopers said they later found Brewer walking along U.S. 219 in the Elk Mountain area. According to court documents, he initially denied being at the scene, but eventually confessed to committing a crime and turned himself in. After being brought in for questioning, Brewer reportedly admitted to setting fire to the camper, saying he was upset for not being allowed to live in it.

Brewer was arrested and additionally charged with one count of First Degree Arson. He is in Tygart Valley Regional Jail. According to the Pocahontas County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Brewer’s next court appearance is expected to be scheduled for the week of May 17, 2021.

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