Erik Matthew Miller has been named as a suspect in a string of simultaneous arson fires late Tuesday night in Goshen, Indiana.
Emergency crews responded to three different fires that occured at the following locations and times:
300 block of N. 9th at 11:40 PM
400 block of East St. at 11:56 PM
200 block of W. Wilden at 12:02 AM
These locations are within a two-mile range of each other and occurred within about half an hour.
Two of the fires were at vacant homes, and the other fire was an abandoned boat near a home.
No injuries have been reported.
Goshen police say that Miller is a person of interest after he was found hiding in a garage in the 209 W. Oakridge Avenue. He allegedly tried to barricade himself into the room, but police were able to take him into custody. Continue reading
An Iowa man is under arrest after police say he threatened to kill a woman and tried to burn down a Des Moines residence.
Antonio Starks, 38, is being held at the Polk County Jail and is facing several charges for the incident including first degree arson, assault causing bodily injury, assault domestic abuse, and violation of a no contact order.
Police were called to 701 35th Street around 1:15 a.m. Monday on a report that Starks was assaulting a woman. While officers were still on the way, they learned Starks was pouring gasoline in the kitchen and threatening to burn the house down. When officers arrived, Starks was pouring gas in a children’s bedroom. Starks then threw the gas can at officers and lit a bed in the room on fire. Continue reading
A Rockville, Maryland, man who was arrested after admitting to torching his own mother’s $400,000 home, calmly confessed his crime to a local news reporter who was interviewing onlookers while covering the blaze.
When asked by the reporter “why” he had committed the arson he flippantly said, “to get attention, to get you here.”
“I just poured gasoline on the floor, set it on fire, went to grab a drink, and came back,” Peralta casually told the reporter. Continue reading