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Greenwood Arson Suspect Admits to Setting Fires

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee November 13, 2009

A 46-year-old felon under investigation for a series of arsons in Greenwood over the last few months has admitted to setting several blazes in the neighborhood, police records say.


Kevin Todd Swalwell was arrested shortly before 1:00 a.m. this morning, blocks away from the site of a fire at a warehouse on Aurora Avenue North.


Swalwell's prints match those found on a container of lighter left near the scene of another fire set in August in the 100 block of NW 84th St, where one man was injured. Salwell has admitted to being at the scene of the fire. Salwell was also captured on surveillance video outside of the Olive You restaurant on 85th and Greenwood at about the same time a fire was set behind the building last week. Records say Salwell has admitted to setting the fire.


Salwell has an extensive criminal record, including previous charges for theft, drugs, and arson.


Law enforcement sources say Salwell is also under investigation—along with at least one other man—for a burglary committed at one of the sites of the arsons. One source says a safe was broken into or taken from a business before the building was torched.

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