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Suspect Arrested In Connection To Fires At Hulen Mall

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - A man was arrested Friday in connection to a fire set inside Hulen Mall in the shoe section at Sears.

Police found the suspect inside the mall just outside a jewelry store. The police chief identified the suspect as 46-year-old Craig Tezeno from Fort Worth.

Police believe Tezeno was also behind the Molotov cocktails that were set off inside the mall last Friday.

Dozens of police and officials with the FBI and ATF were at the scene when the call came in about another fire at the mall.

Security cameras caught a glimpse of the man who was suspected in the incidents last week. Police and witnesses who saw the suspect at the mall said it looked like the same person.

"There was a man coming in. He said that looks like the guy on the news they were looking for," said shopper Robin Brey.

Police evacuated the mall so they could sweep the entire building for any other devices but nothing else was found.

The Fort Worth Police Department shared video of Tezeno's arrest.

Hulen Mall arson suspect apprehension

(video of apprehension of arson suspect at Hulen Mall May 18, 2018) Hulen Mall arson suspect is seen sitting here on 2nd floor of the mall after the incendiary device was located downstairs in a retail store. Mall employees recognized the suspect from descriptors provided after his first arson attempt last week. Mall employees advised a Fort Worth police officer of the suspect's location and you will observe the 1st officer approach the suspect, pat him down and feel what he believes to be a weapon located on the suspect. (You can see the suspect as he stands up begin to reach with his right hand towards his right side where the gun was located) This officer then holds the suspect's arms elevated and advises 2nd officer approaching where he felt the weapon on the suspect. The 2nd officer locates and removes the weapon and then assists the 1st officer in taking the suspect into custody and securing the weapon. Thanks again to Hulen Mall employees for being vigilant in locating and assisting us with the apprehension of this suspect!!!

Posted by Fort Worth Police Department on Friday, May 18, 2018
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