Arson investigation underway after vehicles, stairwell torched

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – An arson investigation is underway after in Manhattan after two vehicles and a stairwell were torched early this morning. Around 2:10 AM, the Riley County Police Department and Manhattan answered a fire call in the 800 block of Moro Street in Manhattan. They arrived to find a car on vehicle. Approximately 5 minutes later another report of fire came in and officers responded to a stairwell at an apartment complex located at 801 Moro Street. Within the next 45 minutes a fire call came in from 823 Laramie where another vehicle had been ignited. There were no injuries.

A Nissan owned by 28-year-old Hector Pedroza, a Toyota Camry owned by 21-year-old Ellyn Calvert, and a Ford F350 owned by Michael Petrie suffered an estimated $26,000 in damages.

The initial investigation found high probability that they were incendiary in nature. This investigation is ongoing.

If you have information about this crime, contact the Riley County Police Department at 785-537-2112. You can also submit tips to the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous as well as potentially qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00. You can reach Crime Stoppers by calling 785-539-7777 or by installing the “TipSubmit Mobile” app on Android and iPhone. For more information on how to contact the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers visit them online at

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