Redmond Area Arson Leads to Woman's Arrest

Redmond Police Dept. - 01/26/19

Redmond, OR – Just before 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 26, 2019, Redmond Police, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Oregon State Police Troopers, and Redmond Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the area of NE 17th Street and NE Hemlock Ave after a fire was reported to Deschutes County 911.  A large smoke plume was visible throughout Redmond as a result of the fire. 

Law enforcement located the fire on vacant land owned by Deschutes County.  The motorhome was fully engulfed upon arrival of first responders.  Witnesses reported observing what appeared to be a domestic dispute between a male adult and a female adult just before the fire started.  A male was seen leaving on a bicycle, while a female left in a vehicle.  The woman reportedly went inside the motorhome after the male left, before leaving in her vehicle.  The fire is believed to have started shortly after the female left.  The motorhome is a total loss.  There are no injuries,  and no pets are believed to have been inside the motorhome at the time of the fire. 

Redmond Police identified the male and female observed leaving just before the fire being reported.  The woman was located at a travel trailer located on Deschutes County property a short distance away and interviewed.  The male has not been located. 

A preliminary investigation has revealed an argument between the female, Ms. Janice Knieriem, 36-years-old and a Redmond area resident, and a male led to the two deciding to separate for the afternoon.  After the male left, Ms. Knieriem allegedly returned to the motorhome, doused clothing in gasoline and then lit the clothing on fire inside the motorhome before leaving. 

Ms. Knieriem has been arrested for Arson in the First Degree.  Ms. Knieriem also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest out of Crook County on an unrelated matter.  She has been lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail.  The motorhome is reportedly owned by Ms. Kneiriem and the male. 

This incident occurred just outside of the city limits.  Based on the totality of the investigation, it was determined the Redmond Police Department would be the lead investigating agency.  Redmond Police was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and a Redmond Fire & Rescue Fire Marshall.
Destroyed motorhome