Police: Moline woman charged with setting fire in Davenport motel
DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - A Moline woman is awaiting trial on a methamphetamine charge in Rock Island County was arrested Monday after police say she set a fire in a Davenport motel room Friday.
Stephanie Ann File, 35, was booked into the Scott County Jail on charges of first-degree arson, a Class B felony. Bond was set at $25,000 cash-only.
She also faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor; trespassing, a serious misdemeanor; interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor; and fifth-degree theft, a simple misdemeanor, in two other cases.
File has a preliminary hearing Feb. 5, court records show.
According to the Davenport Fire Department:
Around 7:15 p.m. Friday, Davenport firefighters responded to a fire report at Days Inn, 7222 Northwest Boulevard, a two-story motel.
Firefighters saw light smoke coming from one of the rooms’ doorway and found a small fire inside the room that was mostly extinguished by the manager using a fire extinguisher from the motel.
The motel room sustained moderate smoke damage. No other occupants were displaced, and the manager was treated for minor smoke inhalation.
During the investigation, fire investigators determined the fire was intentionally set, and File was identified as a suspect, according to the fire department.
According to an arrest affidavit, File stole beer and two bottles of lighter fluid from the QC Mart, 6807 Northwest Boulevard, the same day.
Around 2:48 p.m. Monday, police and fire investigators responded to the 1000 block of Warren Street and found File inside a property condemned by the city.
According to an arrest affidavit, she got inside the property by breaking a window and caused more than $300 in damage.
Officers told her multiple times to surrender. Instead, File barricaded herself in the attic, and officers had to force their way in and physically removed her, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, File had a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue next to her belongings in the attic.
According to the affidavit, a bag of suspected methamphetamine was also located on the steps leading to the attic.
According to Rock Island County court records, File was arrested in April 2020 on charges of possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony, and obstructing justice, a Class 3 felony. Court records show she was released on a recognizance bond.
She will be back in court Feb. 12 for a status hearing. File also has two pending DUI cases, court records show.
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