Arrest made in Heights arson investigation

November 14, 2009 6:36:22 PM PST
A man charged with setting one house on fire in the Heights is locked up and prosecutors now say he confessed on video tape to doing it. David Joseph Prince, 30, was in probable cause court Saturday night. He's facing a single arson charge.

He's ccused of starting one of the arson fires there. The arrest is for a fire on 12th Street, which is right in the middle of an area where there have been more than a dozen other fires.

Prince was arrested Friday on one charge of arson. According to investigators, he apparently confessed to setting a fire on 12th Street back on September 17. That fire is the only one they've charged Prince with.

Overall, there have been more than a dozen fires and officials caution us not to assume he would be related to any of the other fires, that there might be more suspects out there.

The string of fires started around three months ago when a duplex was set on fire near 11th Street and Ashton. That home was torched at least two times and even after crews bulldozed it, someone tried to burn the rubble.

The task force that is looking into the string of arson fires consists of the Houston Fire Department Arson Bureau, the Houston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The investigation is ongoing.

Prince is no stranger to law enforcement in Harris County. He's been in and out of jail in the past 11 years. He's served time for theft, forgery, possession of a controlled substance and burglary of a vehicle.

His bond was doubled to $20,000. He also requested to be appointed counsel.

We'll continue to follow this developing story and will have the very latest on Eyewitness News and here on abc13.com.

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