Soot-Covered Man Arrested For Starting Fires In Downtown Cheyenne

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A soot-covered homeless man was arrested this week and accused of setting several fires in downtown Cheyenne, police announced Friday.

Daylan Medley, 41, was arrested Thursday after intentionally starting five fires over a two-day period.

Medley was apprehended and arrested at the scene of a fire set near downtown Cheyenne on Thursday. The Cheyenne Police Department’s Arson Unit assisted Cheyenne Fire and Rescue in responding to the fire.

In addition to the fire set Thursday, police said two fires were set on Tuesday, one that burned an acre of property and a grass fire that required the response of three fire engines from Cheyenne Fire Rescue and one from Laramie County Fire District 2.

Another fire was also set Wednesday, a trash fire that was left unattended and burned close to a grass field.

On Thursday, two fires were set, one that spread to a grass field and required the response of two fire engines.

Medley was arrested and booked into the Laramie County Jail on five counts of failure to extinguish or contain a fire in a prairie. He was also served an unrelated summons for failure to appear on charges of urinating in public and unlawful entry.

Cheyenne Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Alex Farkas told Cowboy State Daily on Friday that Medley returned to the location where he’d set the fire on Wednesday and laid down where the fire had been extinguished, which contributed to the soot on his face when he was arrested.

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