Canyon Ranch arson suspect remains in jail

Tuesday August 14, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- Canyon Ranch resort security guard Miles M. Arnspiger, 23, of Pittsfield remains in custody at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction following the postponement of a dangerousness hearing set for Monday in Great Barrington.

He is accused of setting fire to a wood-storage shed at the Lenox resort early last Friday and of issuing a bomb threat there last May 19.

Public defender Alexander Sohn, who's representing Arnspiger, appeared before Judge Michael Mulcahy at Southern Berkshire District Court to request the postponement in order to prepare for the hearing. Sohn told The Eagle that the request was supported by the commonwealth.

The suspect is due back in court next Monday morning at 9 for the rescheduled hearing, according to Sohn.

Arnspiger is being held without bail on two felony charges -- starting the fire last Friday and, on May 19, relaying what turned out to be a false bomb threat to Lenox Police.

The police investigation that concluded last Friday alleged that the suspect had handwritten the bomb threat himself.

No one was hurt in the fire, which Arnspiger put out himself after allegedly torching a wood shed on the Lenox property, according to police.

After an extensive interview at the Lenox Police headquarters last Friday, Arnspiger, of South Merriam Street in Pittsfield, was arrested and later appeared before Judge Rita S. Koenigs at Central Berkshire District Court. He pleaded not guilty to the two felony counts.

According to police, Arnspiger initially blamed the incident on three youths he said he had seen nearby. No one was injured in the fire.

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