Four suspects have been arrested after a structure fire last week.
The fire on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at 3720 Elk Creek Road, led to a joint investigation between the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Investigators and the Watauga County Fire Marshal’s Office.
The scene was investigated and determined to be incendiary, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office.
After witnesses and suspects were interviewed, an additional incident related to the arson investigation, was discovered. The suspects were involved in an incident where shots were fired from their vehicle towards a victim’s vehicle behind them, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Arrested were: John Crepps, Heather Ballard, Caroline Malendez and Chris Yeoman. All were charged with First Degree Arson and Firing into an Occupied Vehicle.
All suspects are currently being held without bond and will go before a District Court Judge for their first appearance.