UPDATE: 'Bootsy's' fire suspect arrested

Paul Mizell (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Paul Mizell (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

By Eileen Talkie - email


UPDATE: Paul Mizell, 43, has been arrested by police.

He faces two counts of aggravated arson. He appeared in court on Friday morning, where his bond was set at $75,000.

UPDATE: Police now have a suspect in the fire at a new downtown Cincinnati restaurant.

Investigators say Paul Mizell set fire to Bootsy Collins and Jeff Ruby's new night club last week.

Police have issued a warrant for Mizell's arrest. They say he is homeless.


Jeff Ruby's latest restaurant, Bootsy's, caught fire Tuesday night.

Three separate fires were reported around 9 p.m. at the restaurant, which is located across the street from the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati.

The building wasn't damaged, but some of the recipes and other documents were torched.

Firefighters are still looking into a cause, but Jeff Ruby says it was arson. The investigation is continuing.

Thankfully no was hurt and the restaurant will open on time in late October or early November.