On 9/3/19 at around 6:30 a.m., Officers with the Patrol Division were dispatched to the area of 3900 Abbott Road after a citizen called in to report a tree engulfed in flames and a suspicious person nearby.
Our partners at the Anchorage Fire Department responded to the scene and were able to contain and put out the tree fire. Officers with the Patrol Division made contact with the suspicious adult male. Based on evidence collected, they determined that he was responsible for starting the fire. The suspect was taken into custody and interviewed by detectives. During the questioning, detectives were able to link the suspect to another arson investigation from August 19th near Service High School.
The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Phillip Barger. He faces multiple charges including Arson 1, Failure to Control a Fire, and Reckless Endangerment.
The Anchorage Fire Department assisted in this investigation.