WINONA LAKE — A Winona Lake man was recently arrested after setting a fire, causing two mobile homes and a truck to be destroyed.
Jordan Joseph Schultz, 29, 1202 Wooster Road #61, Winona Lake, is being charged with arson, a level 4 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor; possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor; and possession of methamphetamine with enhancing circumstances, a level 5 felony.
On June 17, Winona Lake Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at Fairlane Mobile Home Park. An officer with the Winona Lake Police Department responded to the fire and observed a mobile home and a pickup truck fully engulfed in flames. The officer confirmed that no one was inside the mobile home at the time of the fire.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the mobile home, which was being purchased by Schultz and a female subject, sustained approximately $20,000 in damages. A second mobile home also became fully engulfed in flames as a result of the initial fire. A Chevy Cavalier, Pontiac Firebird, ASVE boat and a single axle trailer were all damaged in the fire. Total damage to the second mobile home, vehicles, boat and trailer is estimated at approximately $70,000.
A female subject told officers she and Schultz had been in an argument earlier in the evening and that she left the residence to spend the night with a friend. She later received a phone call about her residence being on fire.
On June 18, an officer with the Warsaw Police Department responded to someone yelling for help in the area of Lakeview Middle School. Officers located a male subject lying on the ground beside the middle school and identified him as Schultz, who advised he fell off the school roof and thought he broke his legs and ankles. Schultz told officers he tried to climb down the conduit when the conduit broke, causing him to fall to the ground. Approximate damage to the school building is estimated at $1,000.
Officers searched Schultz’s person and found a spoon with residue. The residue tested positive for methamphetamine. Schultz admitted to using heroin, methamphetamine and Xanax, a schedule IV controlled substance. Schultz was then taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital for treatment. A Winona Lake police officer spoke with Schultz, who admitted he had taken heroin, methamphetamine and Klonopin earlier in the day. Schultz allegedly admitted to stabbing the tires on a truck at the mobile home. He further admitted that he used starting fluid and lit it twice with a lighter inside the mobile home. He said the door to the mobile home was locked so he entered the home through an open window. Shultz admitted he was the one who started the fire that resulted in damage to two mobile homes, a pickup truck, a Chevy Cavalier, a Pontiac Firebird, ASVE boat and a single axle trailer.
Schultz said he then left and does not remember how he got on top of the school.
He was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on June 18, with a $15,250 surety and cash bond.