CENTER, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Center Police Department arrested two men on felony arson charges in connection to a suspicious fire at a house located at 306 Travis Street that occurred on Aug. 2.
Shaddrick Tawan McCollister, 32, was arrested and charged with two felony counts of arson. He was released on a personal recognizance bond on Aug. 10, and he was arrested again on Aug. 12 in connection to a suspicious fire that took place at Trailer No. 303 in the Hidden Creek Trailer Park in August of 2015.
McCollister's bail amount was set at $4,000 for the second arson charge.
Michael Casey Jr., 17, was arrested on Aug. 12 for the fire at 306 Travis Street and charged with felony arson. His bail amount was set at $4,000.
According to a press release from the Center Police Department, the town's fire department responded to the house fire at 306 Travis Street on Aug. 2. Center PD detectives were called out to the scene because the fire was suspicious in nature.
After the Center PD chief and the two detectives processed the scene, they determined that "it only be a deliberate fire." At that point, they canvassed the area for witnesses and found that two suspects were seen in the area at the time of the fire.
The Center PD detectives identified McCollister and Casey as the suspects.
When the detectives interviewed the two men, Casey confessed that he and McCollister set the fire and provided details that only the suspect could know, the affidavit stated. During the investigation, one of the detectives also learned that McCollister was responsible for an unsolved arson that to place at Trailer No. 303 at the Hidden Creek Trailer Park on Aug. 29. 2015, the affidavit.
According to the press release, McCollister also confessed to two arsons that occurred in 2012
"In one of the cases, McCollister set fire to a residence where the family was asleep when the fire began," the press release stated.