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3 arrests made in connection to east Las Vegas arson, murders

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Charred remnants of a home rests in Sherrill Circle after a fire on Nov. 18, 2015. (FOX5) Charred remnants of a home rests in Sherrill Circle after a fire on Nov. 18, 2015. (FOX5)
Malik Watson (Source: LVMPD) Malik Watson (Source: LVMPD)
Hakim Blanche-Jones (Source: LVMPD) Hakim Blanche-Jones (Source: LVMPD)

Prosecutors have charged three men with a long list of crimes connected to a grisly arson and murder in east Las Vegas.

On Tuesday, Malik Watson, 27, was arrested and charged with 13 crimes: conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of open murder, two counts of attempted murder, five counts on kidnapping, arson, robbery and burglary. Darrin Wilder and Hakim Blanche-Jones were also arrested and are facing the same list of charges. The arrest dates for Wilder and Blanche-Jones are not listed. 

On Nov. 16 of last year, crews were called to a fire at house on Sherrill Circle, near Charleston and Lamb boulevards. When first responders got to the home, they found two women with severe burns and a man with stab wounds and bound by zip ties outside of the house. Inside, they found Mario Jimenez, 45, dead. One of the women, Mario Jimenez's  27-year-old daughter, Angelica Jimenez, died from her burns three months later. Witnesses told reporters at the time that a neighbor had gone inside and carried a child out of the home. 

[READ: Police remain tight-lipped in east Vegas killing, fire]

Police said that several people had been tied up in the home before it was intentionally set on fire. 

In February, the night that Angelica Jimenez died, the then-abandoned house caught fire again.

The deaths put the neighborhood on edge for nearly nine months, and people who live close by said they were scared to be in their own homes. They said it was a relief when they learned about the arrests. 

"It's great, it's amazing, and I'm so glad. I really am," a neighbor, who didn't want to be named because she still fears for her family, told FOX5. "I'm totally relieved knowing that those bad people are put away, and I hope they stay there."

Since the second fire, the home has been torn down, but neighbors say even though the home is gone, they'll remember the night of the fire forever. 

"When I look out the window I always feel like I'm going to see the house on fire again," the neighbor said. "It's something that stays with you."

FOX5 reached out to the Clark County District Attorney's office to obtain the arrest reports for the three suspects, but the reports are not being released yet. Metro police told FOX5 the suspects' mug shots are not being released yet, either.

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