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Daytona Beach Police arrest person of interest in fire cases

Daytona Beach Police car and Beach Patrol truck along N. Atlantic Avenue, August 16, 2014.
Daytona Beach Police car and Beach Patrol truck along N. Atlantic Avenue, August 16, 2014.
Mike Royer

Daytona Beach Police arrested a Sanford man early Saturday afternoon who is described as a “…person of interest…” in several Orlando and Sanford fires. Daytona Beach Police say 40-year old Steven Angle is being held on a felony Violation of Probation warrant out of Georgia. A report on the Daytona Beach Police Department website says detectives located Angle in the 600 block of Oleander Avenue shortly after noon Saturday. Police say Angle “…took flight running in several yards and made it to [the Maui Nix store at] 635 N. Atlantic.” Police say Angle threatened to jump from the second story of the store, but was talked down by Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood, and Officers Alex Manjasek and Harry Oakley.

Daytona Beach Police, Volusia County Sheriff, and Beach Patrol vehicles along N. Atlantic Avenue, August 16, 2014.
Mike Royer

In addition to Daytona Beach Police, units with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the Beach Patrol also responded along the North Atlantic Avenue area Saturday afternoon between around noon and 1 p.m. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office helicopter circled overhead during the incident, and Engine Three with the Daytona Beach Fire Department stood by north of the Maui Nix store as well.

Daytona Beach Police say the identification of Angle as a person of interest in the fires was made by the State Fire Marshall. Police said suspicious fires on the Daytona east side Wednesday were “…very similar in nature…” to the 15 Orlando and 8 Sanford area fires. Daytona Beach Police asked for anyone who had seen Angle in the areas of the fires to contact Detective Raymond Ousterman at 386-671-5206 or the State Fire Marshall.

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