During an investigation it was determined that the owners of the restaurant along with an acquaintance had conspired to set the business on fire for the insurance money. The Joplin Police Department submitted charges to the Newton County prosecutor's office for the charge of attempted second degree arson. The charge was filed and warrants were issued for Brian D. Ferguson, Hailey J. Ferguson and Michael A. Ortiz. Ortiz is still being sought.
Anyone wishing to make a comment regarding this incident should contact Detective Chad Comer at (417) 623-3131, ext. 478.
At left, Hailey J. Ferguson
At right, Brian Ferguson