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KSFY Photojournalist helps Police catch arson suspect

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Sioux Falls police have arrested the man they believe could be connected to a string of arsons last fall.

Damon James First In Trouble, 24, Sioux Falls was arrested near a burning van on the 800 block of North Main Avenue.

First In Trouble was arrested for reckless burning, three counts of threatening law enforcement and criminal entry of a motor vehicle.

Police say he was intoxicated.

KSFY photojournalist James Jansma is used to being behind camera, but after reporting a suspicious man to police while shooting video of this arson, the police may call him a crime fighter himself.

"When you're out here doing this job, you've kinda gotta let the police do their job, and sometimes if you get too close, you kinda need to step back," Jansma said.

Jansma saw first in trouble's hand behind a tire and grew suspicious.

He alerted officers to Damon James First In Trouble hiding behind some vehicles near the scene.

After police approached first in trouble he began threatening them.

They found a lighter and the strap of a ratchet on the accused assailant.

They also found a dark residue on first in troubles hands.

Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel is just hoping the arrest sends a good message to people near the string of arsons.

"I'm very pleased we were able to make an arrest last night, it's very hard to say at this point whether or not this subject is responsible for other ones, certainly we'll be investigating that," Barthel said.

Chief Barthel also said he is hoping the arrest sends a strong message to the arsonist or arsonists that were involved in this string of arsons.

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