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Ferndale arson suspect’s case sent to circuit court

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published June 23, 2020

 David Edward Hayes

David Edward Hayes

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FERNDALE — In mid-May, a 34-year-old man was arrested by local police for allegedly causing multiple fires in an unoccupied town house.

David Edward Hayes, of Ferndale, has been charged with third-degree arson for allegedly starting three fires in a Parkdale Townes town house.

According to the Ferndale Police Department, officers were called to the town house community at approximately 1 p.m. May 11 on the report of an arson that had happened overnight. The town house in question was an unoccupied multi-unit town house that was under construction, and the damage was discovered when construction workers arrived at the site that day.

“It appeared as though overnight someone had entered the building and started three small fires, all of which kind of burned out on their own, but not before one of them causing pretty serious damage to the floor of one of the town homes,” Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said.

Brown stated the three fires were located in different parts of the town house. The two fires that caused minor damage, he said, only charred areas of the floor and part of a wall.

“(The third fire) actually burned right through the floor to the floor below it,” Brown said. “It didn’t burn the whole floor out; it was just a hole maybe a foot by 1 foot in diameter.”

Brown said evidence left at the scene led to police identifying Hayes as their suspect. There also was evidence that another person was at the town house with Hayes, Brown said, but charges were not filed against that person.

Hayes was arrested May 13 and arraigned in the 43rd District Court. On May 28, his case was bound over to the Oakland County Circuit Court. He had his first court date before Judge Phyllis McMillen June 11.

Hayes’ attorney, Robert Morad, could not be reached for comment at press time.

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