PHOENIX, Arizona – The caregiver of an 86-year-old Phoenix woman who died in a fire has been arrested on suspicion of burning down her house while she was inside, according to local authorities. The victim, identified as Elizabeth Bell, was found dead at the scene, while a second person sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.
Police have named Wayne Tweed, 59, as the prime suspect in the case. According to reports, Tweed worked as Bell’s caregiver for a year and lived in a trailer on her property. Tweed was apprehended on Friday, and he now faces charges of first-degree murder, arson, and kidnapping. He is currently in custody, with a court date scheduled for later in the week. Bond has been set at $2 million.
Court documents reveal that Tweed has a lengthy criminal history, including a previous conviction for manslaughter and driving under the influence in 1988. The motive behind the alleged arson is still unknown.
The incident has sent shockwaves through the local community, highlighting concerns about the safety of vulnerable elderly individuals and the hiring practices within the home care industry. This tragic event serves as a reminder of the importance of thoroughly vetting and monitoring caregivers to ensure the well-being of those in their care.
Authorities are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fire, as well as gathering evidence to support the charges against Tweed. The victim’s family and the community mourn the loss of Elizabeth Bell, while awaiting justice for her untimely death.
The case stands as a stark reminder of the potential dangers that can lurk within our own homes, and the responsibility we have to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. As the legal proceedings progress, more details are expected to emerge, shedding light on the tragic events that unfolded in Phoenix last week.