Arrest in string of Bryant grass fires, police say suspect confessed

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BRYANT, Ark. – A Little Rock man has admitted to setting a string of grass fires in Bryant over the last several months.

That’s according to a Bryant Police Department news release issued Wednesday that announced the Tuesday afternoon arrest of Daniel Cote, 47.

The investigation started after the Bryant Fire Department (BFD) began seeing a pattern of grass fires along Highway 5 near and around Walmart in Bryant, says a BPD news release issued on Wednesday. Investigators reached out to local businesses in the area of the fires and with their help, they were able to develop a suspect.

BPD investigators working with the BFD got the break they were looking for when they say Cote was seen starting a fire along Hwy. 5 Tuesday afternoon and this time they were ready for it. He was taken into custody in Bryant and confessed to being responsible for the fires after being brought in for questioning.

Cote has been charged with 34 counts of Reckless Burning (Felony). 

The Saline County Jail roster shows he was released Wednesday afternoon after posting $10,000 bond.

“The Bryant Police Department would like to thank the local businesses, all the firefighters and citizens of Bryant for their help with solving this case,” the release stated.

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