Woman arrested after two deaths in alleged arson at bank store in Phoenix

Katisha Susan Smith is charged with first-degree murder, arson and drug-related charges

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A woman has been arrested after a fire at a furniture store in Arizona killed two people.

According to ABC 15 Arizona, local news site Arizona’s Family and Fox 10 Phoenix, Katisha Susan Smith has been arrested in connection with a fire that broke out at Phoenix-based store J&J Sofa on Saturday evening, April 27, before 10 PM local time. Production that resulted in the deaths of two unknown people.

Smith, 44, faces two counts of first-degree murder and arson in connection with the incident, as well as unrelated drug charges, according to media reports.

Officials from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Phoenix Fire Department were called to the scene of the fire near 59th Avenue and Buckeye Road on April 27, media reports said. They were unable to save the building, which had been completely destroyed by the fire.

Arizona’s Family reported that while on the scene, a local business owner approached officials with surveillance video footage showing an SUV driving up to the furniture store and two people getting out of the vehicle.

The video reportedly showed a woman, later identified as Smith, handing an object to an unidentified man, who then set the object on fire and threw the object at J&J Sofa Manufacturing before both parties got back into the SUV and drove away. .

ABC 15 reported that arson investigators found an unidentified person dead shortly after they began investigating the scene, and that a second unidentified body was found the next day.

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The Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner has classified both deaths as homicides, Arizona’s family said.

According to both Arizona’s Family and ABC 15, a police report on the incident states that Smith, who was identified because of her tattoos, told officials she was “forced to participate” in the incident.

Fox 10 reported that Smith’s bond has been set at $1 million. None of her co-conspirators have been identified.

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