Arson Suspect Arrested in September Kennewick House Fire

Type of Incident    Arson 1st Degree

Date and Time of Incident    09/23/2013  2135 hours

Defendant’s Name    Odell, Latasha Marie    Age    34   

Summary of incident: On 09/23/2013 around 2135 hours Kennewick Fire and Kennewick Police responded to 411 W. 1st Avenue for a residential structure fire.  Victim Marcilla Roger lived there alone and was inside the home at the time of the fire.  Roger made it out safely.  Kennewick Police investigated this case as arson fire after the Kennewick Fire Department completed their origin and cause investigation.  Several leads were followed and three suspects were identified.  No arrest had been made for lack of evidence.  On 02/17/2014 Kennewick Police Detectives received a tip that Latasha Odell of Clarkston, WA was bragging about starting the fire.  Odell has ties to the Tri-Cities and was known to be in Pasco about to leave town.  Kennewick Police Detectives arrested Odell at the Tahitian Inn Hotel in Pasco.  Odell was booked into the Benton County Jail for Arson 1st Degree and Residential Burglary.  Odell acted alone in this fire and there are no other suspects at large.        

For further information contact the Kennewick Police Department Public Information Sergeant Ken Lattin at 509-582-1316 or contact the front desk at 509-585-4208 and ask for assistance.