Arrest warrant issued for Lubbock teen in string of arson fires - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Arrest warrant issued for Lubbock teen in string of Thanksgiving arson fires

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Skyler Landers, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Skyler Landers, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office
Samuel Bendeck, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Samuel Bendeck, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A second person has been charged in a string of arson fires over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for 17-year-old Skyler Landers of Lubbock.

Originally, officials said there were four fires in the Melonie Park neighborhood during the Thanksgiving weekend. The Lubbock Fire Department told KCBD NewsChannel 11 that they appeared to be related. The fires were set to three fences and one jeep in the 4000 block of 68th Street, 7000 block of Miami, 3700 block of 69th and 3800 block of 69th. Three of the four fires were set during nighttime hours.

In court documents released on Monday, a fifth fire in the 6600 block of Oxford Avenue was also related to the string of arsons. Also in the court documents, it states the first fire in the series of arson victims was Lubbock Federal Judge Sam Cummings.

According to the Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office, the early indication is that Landers and 18-year-old Samuel Lee Bendeck did not know who's yard's and properties were involved in the fires.

Bendeck was arrested on November 30th and charged with five counts of arson.

Each fire could be charged as a second degree felony. If convicted, the suspects face 2 to 20 years in prison. 

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