Trail of rose petals lead police to arson suspect

Authorities searching for a suspect in an arson and attempted murder case followed a trail of rose petals to nab their man.

Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said Stacey Durrett, 53, of Yukon, is being held in the Canadian County jail on complaints of first-degree arson and attempted murder after being arrested in the bathtub of a Yukon hotel.

West said investigators believe Durrett attempted to burn a trailer home in Calumet with his cousin and his cousin’s child still inside.

The incident occurred June 20.

According West, Durrett went to the home on the morning of June 20 and attempted to lock his cousin and his cousin’s son inside the home by tying an extension cord to the door handle, preventing them from opening the door.

He then set a propane tank on fire.

West said the victim told Durrett that his son was inside the house, and when Durrett opened the door, both were able to escape just before the trailer exploded.

Durrett fled the scene, West said.

According to West, authorities received a tip that Durrett had been spotted at a Yukon hotel.

After securing the hotel with the assistance of Yukon police and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, officers entered Durrett’s room.

Inside, they found a trail of rose petals leading to the bathroom, where Durrett was found relaxing in the bathtub.

He told investigators he had hired an escort and “wanted to spice up the atmosphere a little,” West said.

“He wasn’t even phased by the fact he had tried to kill his relatives in a house fire just a few hours earlier,” said West.

According to the sheriff, Durrett allegedly admitted to his role in the crime.

“I am thankful no one was killed in this arson,” West said.

Durrett remained in custody as of Monday. His bond has been set at $115,000.

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