Police identify man charged with arson in Barton Creek Greenbelt fires


7:35 p.m. update: Police have identified the man suspected of starting fires in the Barton Creek Greenbelt on Thursday as Daniel Alexander Daugherty.

Daugherty was booked into the Travis County Jail at 4:25 p.m. Thursday on a charge of arson, jail records show.

Earlier: A man suspected of setting several fires in the Barton Creek Greenbelt on Thursday afternoon has been taken into custody, the fire department said.

Firefighters began receiving reports of fires in the greenbelt near Bartoncliff and Brookhaven drives a little after noon. Several more fires were sparked between Barton Springs Pool and Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) over next hour or so.

The fire department tweeted around 1:30 p.m. that multiple fires continued to be set in the area, and that arson investigators and Austin police were trying to find the person responsible.

Authorities said the man they had been looking for was around 35 years old with blonde hair, tan cargo shorts and a backpack. 

Firefighters from Austin and Westlake battled fires on both sides of the creek, and helicopters were called in to douse fires in areas ground crews couldn’t reach.

Authorities said the man will be charged with multiple counts of burning in an open space, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.


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