Officials added a felony arson charge against a man already in jail facing charges in two burglaries.
An arrest warrant was served Tuesday to Julius Marquez at the McLennan County Jail, charging arson in a Dec. 26 fire at Nu-Beauty Salon at 2101 West Waco Drive. According to an arrest affidavit, a burglary was reported at the beauty salon before the fire broke out. The investigation is continuing, but Marquez has not been charged in the burglary, only the fire.
Fire investigators obtained a copy of surveillance video from the business and believe the fire was intentionally set in an effort to hide evidence. Fire officials and police detectives are working together in a joint investigation.
A witness identified Marquez as appearing on the surveillance video, the arrest affidavit states.
Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Marquez is also a suspect in a burglary of Beauty & Style salon at 1917 N. 18th St. that happened in November. Employees reported the door was kicked in and miscellaneous beauty items were taken from the business.
Swanton said Marquez was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Feb. 26 on state jail felonies charges of burglary of a building and theft over $2,500 and under $30,000. He also has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm and assault.
A state jail felony charge of burglary of a building was added against Marquez early this month in a burglary at the Wacotechs mobile phone repair business, Swanton said. Detectives learned the front door had been kicked in and computer equipment had been stolen, he said.
Marquez remained in custody Tuesday afternoon with bond listed at $89,000. He had not been arraigned on the arson charge Tuesday afternoon.