Friday, 24 July 2020
On July 22, 2020 at approximately 3:40 am, Deputy’s and Skamania County Fire District #1 were dispatched to a residence in Carson, Washington on a report of a vehicle fire, inside a garage. The fire was extinguished; however, the vehicle was a total loss and there was damage to the residence.
A review of the homeowner’s security cameras revealed the fire was intentionally set by a previous roommate, by pouring an accelerant around the vehicle’s in the garage and up to the door leading into the residence. It was also found the smoke detectors at the house had been tampered with, making them inoperable.
The suspect, Michaela J. Cutler, 18, of Camas, WA was taken into custody the following day at a nearby hotel. She was initially booked into the Skamania County Jail for violating a court order, however after a subsequent search warrant was executed on her hotel room and follow-up investigation, a litany of felony charges were added, to include Attempted Murder, Arson 1st degree, Burglary, and possession of stolen firearms. Cutler was arraigned and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.