Man arrested for alleged arson at Stubblefields

Suspect ignited fire in bathroom trash can, customer put it out



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JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

A man was arrested for a felony after allegedly committing arson in a bathroom at Stubblefields Bar and Grill early Friday morning.

Jesus Flores German, 22, was arrested for arson in the first degree before 1 a.m. on Friday. He is currently not booked in the Whitman County Jail, according to the Inmate Listing website.

Pullman Police Cmdr. Jake Opgenorth said the fire began in a bathroom trash can. He said a customer put out the fire and reported the incident to Stubblefields staff.

Opgenorth said the staff looked at their camera and identified Flores German as the person who allegedly set the fire.

The trash can was placed underneath a paper towel dispenser, which could have become dangerous if the fire continued to grow, Opgenorth said. There were around 300 people inside the building at the time, he said.

Opgenorth said Flores German had a lighter in his possession at the time of arrest. He said police were able to place Flores German at the scene of the incident.

He said the Pullman Fire Department did not respond, but one of its arson investigators did.

Opgenorth said the arson investigator determined the fire was intentional.

Flores German had a preliminary appearance in court at 9 a.m. on Friday. His arraignment is scheduled to occur at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.