Published on February 05, 2021
The Weld County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a local man connected to at least two suspicious fires set last week in unincorporated Weld south of Gilcrest.
Joseph Edwin VanHoesen, 30, was arrested last Friday and booked into the Weld County Jail on suspicion of two counts of second-degree arson, a felony. VanHoesen remains in the jail on $20,000 bond.
Deputies first responded about 12:40 p.m. last Thursday to a report of a hay fire on a property near the intersection of Weld County roads 31 and 36. A short time later, deputies were called to a report of a fire involving an old camper at Weld roads 31 and 38.
Fire investigators with the Platteville-Gilcrest Fire Protection District and the LaSalle Fire Department determined both fires were intentionally lit. No injuries were reported.
On Friday, evidence was collected by patrol deputies, members of the Strike Team, the Civil Unit and the Investigations Unit. Deputies connected physical evidence left at the scenes to VanHoesen including burns, a crashed vehicle and shoe impressions.
VanHoesen is a suspect in other arsons in northern Colorado. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Dan Black at (970) 400-2836.
Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.