Mohave County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Robert Anthony Damiano, 60, of Golden Valley, early Sunday (7/26) morning for arson of an occupied structure, criminal damage per domestic violence and two counts of aggravated harassment, felonies.
Saturday (7/25) evening, at about 8:43 p.m., deputies responded to a structure fire at a residence in the 5100 block of North Concho Road. Deputies along with the Golden Valley Fire Department personnel arrived around the same time. The mobile home was fully engulfed. The house and contents were destroyed. GVFD personnel extinguished the fire.
Deputies contacted a 54-year-old female victim. The victim said that Damiano, her husband, was served with an order of protection on Friday (7/24) because the day prior he made a statement “I wonder if the house will burn down before you die”. The victim further said that her dog alerted her to someone outside. The victim advised that she observed Damiano walking up the driveway. The victim further advised that she ran out the back door and continued running along the fence line until she reach the green house on the north end of the property. The victim reported that she heard a vehicle leave the area after she noticed the house on fire. While deputies were at the scene, Damiano called the victims’ phone. Deputies answered the phone and spoke with Damiano. During the phone conversation, Damiano said that he did not want to meet with anyone to provide a statement because I did it, then the phone hung up.
During the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office Arson Investigator along with GVFD Investigators found evidence of a lighter and a gas tank partially melted in the dining room/kitchen area.
Sunday (7/26) morning, approximately 1:43 a.m., detectives contacted Damiano who voluntarily turned himself into authorities at the Sheriff’s Office located at 600 W Beale Street in Kingman. During conversations with Damiano, he confessed to setting the house on fire. Damiano was taken into custody, transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail without incident.