A judge this afternoon found probable cause to hold a 30-year-old Seattle man for investigation of first-degree arson in connection with a New Year’s Eve fire at a Capitol Hill gay nightclub.
The man waived his first court appearance during the hearing at the King County Jail. He is scheduled for a bail hearing tomorrow.
According to a court document, investigators learned the man had a one-way ticket to Turkey on Saturday. He was arrested by Seattle police that day as he was leaving his house. Officers believe he was on his way to the airport.
Police say in court documents that callers the suspect from surveillance video that was released to the public.
His arrest Saturday was the fifth time the man has been arrested since May, according to court records. Other arrests were for property destruction, being in control of a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol and assault.
On New Year’s Eve, 750 people were at Neighbours, at 1509 Broadway, when someone poured gasoline on a carpeted stairway, leaving the gas can behind, according to Seattle police.
The fire alarm was activated and all the club’s patrons were safely evacuated.
The damage to the building was estimated at $1,000 and $6,000 to the contents, mostly from the sprinklers. There were no injuries.