Lincolnton man wanted for first degree arson arrested

Lincolnton Police have arrested a wanted suspect for first degree arson of an assisted living.

Tristan Michael Smith was wanted for first degree arson for an intentional fire that was set at Carillon Assisted Living in November.

A Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Deputy found Smith around 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday and took him into custody. Smith was transferred over to Lincolonton Police where he was served warrants. 

Smith received a $250,000 secured bond for his charge and placed in the Lincoln Co. Jail. He will have his first court apperance Thursday.

Lincolnton Fire and Police were called out to Carillon Assisted Living on Monday, November 14, for suspicious fire call.

No one was injured from the fire, according to authorities.

After further investigation it was determined the fire was intentionally set. The monetary damages to the assisted living was in access of $5,000.

A warrant was secured for Tristan Michael Smith,22, for first degree arson on November 18. Smith is 6'3," and 148 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is possibly living in the 300 block of East Rhodes Street in Lincolnton. He is also possibly driving a 2005 Jeep Liberty, silver or gold with NC registration plate of DJZ-18-05 or a four-door Kia Spectra, with an NC registration plate of BJJ-8490.

Police said Smith is aware of the warrant and is believed to be actively avoiding his arrest. He has prior charges in the past of first degree arson, assault by pointing a gun and the illegal use of a blue or red light in a motor vehicle, all in Gaston County and all dismissed, according to Lincolnton Police.

"Arson is a crime of violence and in this particular situation over fifty residents’ lives were put in danger because of Smith’s actions. The quick response by Carillon personnel, the Lincolnton Fire Department, and the Lincolnton Police Department resulted in no injuries and minimal property damage” says Lt. Jason Munday of the Lincolnton Police Department. “Smith was entered into the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) as a wanted person and we are continuing to look for him.”  

If anyone has any information about this case or any other case, they can call the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or call the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crimestoppers at (704) 736-8909.  Any calls made to Crimestoppers can be made anonymously and the caller will be eligible for up to a $1,000.00 reward if the information given leads to an arrest.