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Vincennes arson arrest

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It happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Vincennes Fire and Police units responded to a fire at 606 S. 11th Street. 

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to just that duplex residence. 

Officials say that early on the fire was determined to be suspicious in nature and arson was suspected.  

Further investigation brought to light a suspect.

44-year-old Brian Pinkstaff had allegedly been staying with 43-year-old Pamela Kelly, the resident at the fire address. 

Officials say that court records show that a protective order is currently in effect and on file through the Knox Circuit Court prohibiting contact between Pinkstaff and Kelly. 

Kelly told police that she had been contacted by Pinkstaff prior to the fire when he requested she return to the residence.  She also told police that he contacted her after the fire and made statements leading her to believe he intentionally set the fire.

Detectives caught up with Pinkstaff early Friday morning when he was observed returning to Vincennes as a passenger in a vehicle.

Pinkstaff was taken to police headquarters for questioning and subsequently arrested. He was charged with Invasion of Privacy, Burglary, Theft, and arson.  Pinkstaff was transported to the Knox County Jail and held on $25,000 bond.

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