San Juan County, NM - On September 14, 2013 deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff ‘s Office were dispatched to a vacant residence reported to be on fire. The residence was located at 6176 US 64.
Following the incident, a fire investigation revealed the fire had originated within the living room, and the cause was deemed arson. As San Juan County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigated the matter they were unable to locate the previous tenant, 25 year-old Beauregard Bracy of Bloomfield, to obtain his statement.
On March 11, 2014 detectives learned Bracy had been arrested in southern New Mexico and transported back to Farmington in reference to an unrelated warrant. Detectives interviewed Bracy, at the San Juan County Detention Center, about his knowledge of the fire.
Bracy eventually confessed to starting the fire. He said he had been evicted from the residence and heard a rumor that new tenants had moved in. Feeling a sense of ownership of the house, he returned to confront the new tenants. When he found the house empty, he forced entry through a window and set the couch on fire.
Detectives secured a warrant on Bracey for Residential burglary (a 3rd degree felony) and Arson (a 3rd degree felony). “The arrest of Bracey shows the cooperation between the San Juan County Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Ken Christesen. Bracey was booked into the detention San Juan County Detention Center on the warrant where he is being held on a $70,000 bond.