A 46-year-old homeless man is now in King County Jail as a suspect in the early Friday morning fire at a Shoreline warehouse near 170th Street and Aurora Avenue N., which Edmonds firefighters were called to assist in fighting, plus a string of arson fires in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.
The man, who was picked up several blocks from the warehouse fire, has been identified as Kevin Todd Swalwell of Seattle.
“Detectives believe that this individual may be responsible for some if not all of the Greenwood Arsons,” the Seattle Police Department said in a statement released Friday. It is not known whether other suspects are involved, however, so citizens with additional information regarding the Shoreline and Greenwood fires are asked to call 911.
The Seattle Times reported that Swalwell was caught on a video surveillance camera behind the torched Olive You restaurant at 8516 Greenwood Ave. N. early on Nov. 9, and that his palm prints matched prints found on a container of lighter fluid left near the scene of an Aug. 13 Greenwood fire.
According to court records, Swalwell has an extensive criminal history, including two prior felony arson convictions from 1983 and 1994.