Suspect in 2020 serial arsons in Richmond enters guilty plea

Richmond

2024-06-04 10:01 PDT

File # 2020-22398

Richmond RCMP serial arson investigation results in guilty plea by suspect. On May 6, 2024 Megan Wells pled guilty to Arson Causing Damage to Property.

Between January 2020 and August 2020, Richmond RCMP investigated a series of 22 arsons that occurred throughout the City of Richmond. These arsons primarily targeted bushes, hedges and garbage cans in residential areas. Due to the apparent serial nature of the arsons, Richmond RCMP created a dedicated investigative task force.

The task force initiated a ten-month long investigation, during which time more fires were linked to the initially unidentified serial arsonist. This investigative process included working collaboratively with Richmond Fire Rescue fire investigators. Throughout the course of the investigations, Richmond RCMP issued multiple media releases requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. In late 2020 the task force established a person of interest.

On July 14, 2021 Wells was arrested and a search warrant was executed on her residence.

These arsons garnered significant attention and concern within our community partially due to heightened awareness and concerns around wildfires in the Province. Fortunately, each of the fires was extinguished quickly; however, the potential risk posed to our community was significant, says Chief Superintendent Dave Chauhan, Officer-in-Charge of Richmond RCMP, I commend our officers for their dedication and thorough investigative work, which led to the identification and conviction of the serial arsonist.

Richmond RCMP remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of our community. This case exemplifies our dedication to conducting thorough investigations and collaborating with the public. We extend our gratitude to the residents of Richmond for their vigilance and cooperation throughout this investigation. We encourage anyone with information about suspicious activities to contact the police immediately.

Released by:

Cpl. Adriana O'Malley
Media Relations Officer
Richmond RCMP
11411 No 5 Road, Richmond, BC, V7A 4E8
Office: 604-207-5189
Fax: 604-207-4716

Email: richmond_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: richmond.rcmp.ca

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