Friday August 10, 2012
LENOX -- A Pittsfield man working as a security guard at Canyon Ranch was arrested by Lenox Police on Friday morning on charges of setting a fire and threatening to blow up the high-end resort.
Miles M. Arnspiger, 23, of South Merriam Street, Pittsfield, faces two felony counts after police and fire units responded to a report of a wood shed ablaze on the property just before 2 a.m. on Thursday. The fire was quickly extinguished by Canyon Ranch security assisted by Lenox Fire Department personnel, according to a report by Police Chief Stephen O'Brien.
The fire, spotted by a contractor working overnight at the resort, torched the front and roof of the shed used to store cord wood for the winter, the police report stated.
Responding to the scene, Lenox Police Officer Paul Duval encountered Arnspiger, who had put out the fire and then told the officer that he had seen three youths in the vicinity of the shed just before the blaze.
According to O'Brien, Duval had previously responded to a report of bomb threat at the resort on May 19, at which time Arnspiger handed the officer a written note from someone threatening to blow up Canyon Ranch.
"We now know he wrote the note and we know he started the fire," the police chief stated.
O'Brien credited Officer William DeSantis, who interviewed the suspect at the police station Friday morning, for a successful investigation. Based on the interview, Arnspiger was arrested for arraignment expected later Friday at Central Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield.
The suspect, also a volunteer firefighter in a neighboring community, is being charged with setting the fire and with reporting a false bomb threat, said O'Brien.