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Published on May 17, 2024
Austin Man Charged with Arson in Lakeway Car Fire, Multi-Agency Effort Leads to ArrestSource: Lakeway Police Department

An Austin man was nabbed by authorities for torching a car in a CVS parking lot in Lakeway, Texas. According to a press release by the Lakeway Police Department, Vashon Edwards, 49, found himself in cuffs facing second-degree felony arson charges after an intensive investigation pointed the finger at him.

The disturbance began on March 26, when a Lakeway officer on patrol spotted a vehicle ablaze at 2306 RR 620 South, summoning Lake Travis Fire Rescue to snuff out the flames, the incident initially bore the marks of arson, as the evidence of the fiery scene didn't add up to an accidental ignition. Arson sleuths teamed up with Lakeway detectives, and with the aid of Fire Marshal Ryan Smith and K9 Ember from Travis County Emergency Services District No. 12, they began piecing the puzzle together and soon zeroed in on Edwards as their main suspect.

Cooperation between several agencies was pivotal in turning the heat up on Edwards, leading to his eventual arrest with hands-on help from the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. The suspect is now cooling his heels behind bars at the Travis County Jail, awaiting his next move in the legal chess game.

In the climax of a multi-agency dragnet, "This case highlights the exceptional multi-agency teamwork and cooperation between the Lakeway Police Department and several different public safety partners across Travis County," the department proudly stated, CBS Austin reported. Edwards' fate now rests in the hands of the justice system, as the community reflects on the fiery incident that could have led to a more tragic outcome if not for the swift action of local law enforcement and fire officials.