PBSO: Pahokee woman sets building on fire, then mom gives her ride

A Pahokee woman remained in the Palm Beach County Jail late Thursday after she allegedly set a building on fire Wednesday, then was picked up by her mother outside the burning structure, according to an arrest report.

Marqwetta Scott


Marqwetta Scott is facing a charge of first-degree arson in a building with people present and is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

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Scott, 32, allegedly walked into a multifamily building on the 100 block of Booker Place in Pahokee that is used by homeless people with a bundle of paper in her hands, witnesses told the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott was then seen leaving the building without the bundle and a fire was discovered in a bedroom inside the structure, the report said.

When a witness asked Scott why she set the building on fire, she “simply laughed,” according to the report.

Fire investigators ruled the blaze was intentionally set.

Scott’s mother told deputies that on the night of the fire, she was contacted by a neighbor and was told to pick up her daughter “as she had just set a building on fire,” the report said.

Scott’s mother said her daughter admitted to setting the fire. But Scott denied starting the fire to deputies, the report said.

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