KILLEEN, TX — Two Bell County men have been arrested and charged with arson for reportedly trying to burn down a Killeen club.
According to police, on December 17, at approximately 12:30 a.m., the Killeen Fire Department was dispatched to the Starlite Station, located at 3310 S. Ft Hood St, in reference to a fire alarm.
The preliminary investigation revealed that several fires were intentionally set within the structure causing moderate and minor fire damage to the manager’s office and other locations within the facility to include water damage.
The Killeen Fire Marshal’s Office and the Killeen Police Department Burglary Detectives later determined that a previous burglary had occurred on December 3, where the suspects’ objective was to obtain cash from the club's safe and intentionally set fire in order to destroy evidence and security footage.
This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, and a complaint was returned charging 34-year-old William R. Twist, of Killeen, and 20-year-old Jacob H. Lugmayer, of Fort Hood, with arson. Their bond was set at $50,000 each.