EFFINGHAM — The man arrested in connection with Thursday’s vehicle fire outside of Walmart on the Avenue of Mid America has been identified as 19 year old Malik V. Murphy, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Police were called to the scene after several bystanders reported that a vehicle was on fire Thursday evening in the grass across from Walmart and that there was an individual across the street watching. When police arrived, a white Ford Explorer was completely engulfed in flames and traffic control on Avenue of Mid America was established. Officers located Murphy and questioned him regarding the burning vehicle. Fire crews arrived shortly after and began fighting the fire. Murphy was taken into custody on charges Arson and Criminal Damage to property.
The vehicle was owned by Murphy’s parents who live in Colorado. Further investigation into the incident is ongoing. Murphy is being held on a $7500 bond.
Chief Fuesting praised the Bureau of Patrol for their swift reaction to the fire and Telecommunicators for their effective communication. “The teamwork displayed between the Bureaus as well as the partnership with the community, specifically individuals who were willing to alert the Police immediately, played a key role in this incident. This cooperation provides a great example of how our community and Law Enforcement work together” stated Fuesting.