Investigators: Man Burns Sheriff's Office After Girlfriend Arrested

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

It's not exactly the story of Romeo & Juliet. Investigators say love motivated one man to set three different fires at the Mills County Sheriff's Office early Tuesday morning.

Crews were called out to the building in Glenwood, Iowa just before 4:30 a.m. The fire was quickly under control. Firefighters could tell someone had set it.

The State Fire Marshall's Office found two other fires on the property. Investigators said the evidence led them to 22-year-old Adam Houchin.

The County Attorney's Office says they have a good idea what motivated the crime.

Houchin had been involved in a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend Monday night. Deputies arrested Shelby Andersen, 21, for "serious domestic violence," a serious misdemeanor that can carry up to one year in jail.

County Attorney Eric Hansen says it's not clear if Houchin was angry at the deputies or his girlfriend.

"He was kind of vague during his interview," says Hansen.

The suspect is charged with First Degree Arson and possession of an incendiary device. If convicted, he could face 35 years in prison.

The county attorney says more charges could be coming.

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