Amy Marie Pionk and Michael Garner Thompson have been arrested in connection with an arson fire that occured on the 1300 block of N 23rd Street on March 29, 2013.

In interviews following the arrest, both suspects admitted to causing the fie.  They admitted that they hatched the crime while "driving around and smoking crack".

According to police reports - on the night of the fire, Pionk was involved in a disturbance call at the same residence over a child custody issue.  Later, Pionk drove Thompson to the residence owned by her ex-husband - where Thompson threw Molotov-cocktail-style incendiary devices through the window, causing a fire.  Pionk indicated that her primary motivation was to cause her former spouses' house to be damaged, so  that she might regain custody of their children.

Amy Marie Pionk was charged with Party to a Crime of Arson and Party to a Crime of Possessing Molotov Cocktails. The Arson charge is a Class C Felony. If convicted this charge can result in a fine up to One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000), or imprisonment up to (40) years, or both. The Possession of Molotov Cocktails charge is a Class H felony. Upon conviction this charge can result in a fine up to Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000), imprisonment up to (6) years, or both.

Michael Garner Thompson was charged with Arson and Possession of Molotov Cocktails. . The Arson charge is a Class C Felony. If convicted this charge can result in a fine up to One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,00o), or imprisonment up to (40) years, or both. The Possession of Molotov Cocktails charge is a Class H felony. Upon conviction this charge can result in a fine up to Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000), imprisonment up to (6) years, or both.

Both Pionk and Thompson made their initial appearance in Douglas County Court on April 4th, 2013.