Man Arrested for Setting Fire in Lobby at Northwestern Indiana Jail
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with arson for walking into a northwestern Indiana jail, pouring an accelerant on the floor and starting a small fire, a sheriff said.
The man was taken into custody Friday by police in nearby Tinley Park, Illinois, said Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. The man was being held there pending extradition to Indiana.
Surveillance video and charging documents show the man entered the jail lobby, doused the floor with gasoline, lit a stack of papers on fire and then tossed them on the floor, sending fire across the lobby. It was quickly extinguished.