FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Investigators say one of two men they believe are responsible for intentionally setting a fire outside of a local restaurant last week has been arrested.
On Friday, June 18, first responders were called to the area of Broadway and Taylor Street for a reported fire.
An officer with the Fort Wayne Police Department who was on duty at the time of the arson reported that the fire remained in that area and began to search for any other fires or possible suspects.
The officer reported that he found two white men who were near an abandoned church and saw what he "believed to be either a small fire, or the flame of a lighter."
The two men reportedly took off running before the officer said he could ask them if they knew anything about the fires set nearby.
FWPD was able to capture one of the men and arrested 20-year-old Aaron Chason in connection to the fires.
According to court documents, Chason and an accomplice of his, identified as Sebastian Smith, were "walking around with kerosene and did light a dumpster, a truck and a fence on fire. They also attempted to light a stack of pallets on fire."
Chason allegedly confessed both in writing and on a video that he and Smith were responsible for setting these fires outside Mad Anthony Brewing.
Detectives reported that Chason said the items that were set on fire "were simply targets of opportunity."
Chason is facing preliminary charges of arson and resisting law enforcement.
He is being held on a $10,000 bond.