Two men, juvenile charged with starting car fires

August 5, 2013 

— Police have arrested two Boise men and a boy in connection with several Monday morning car fires.

Dominic J. Tawney, 19, and Rodney S. Vancleave, 19, are each charged with four counts of arson and two counts of attempted arson.

A boy was also arrested, and will face similar charges through the juvenile justice system, police said. His name has not been released.

The first call to 911 was made at 4:20 a.m., with the others following immediately after, police said.

The first burning car was reported at Northview and Liberty streets. As officers responded to the scene, dispatchers also received reports of a car fire on Harrison Boulevard, a damaged vehicle and one on fire in the 1100 block of 9th Street, and another car fire in the 1200 block of Hale Street, police said.

Victims gave investigators a description of the suspects' vehicle, police said. During the search, a car matching that description was pulled over for speeding near Rose Hill and Roosevelt Street. Physical evidence linked the three males to the fires, police said.

Police said the suspects also may be responsible for a string of graffiti in the Boise area, police said.

Arson carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

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