A Fremont man was arrested for arson after pouring gasoline onto a vehicle and proceeding to light it on fire, Fremont Police reported.
Officers were dispatched at 1:50 a.m. Friday to the 700 block of West 11th street when it was reported that somebody poured gasoline on a parked vehicle and set it on fire.
Witnesses told police they saw the suspect flee the scene in a silver-colored car described as being a Mazda.
A short time later, a FPD officer saw a car matching the description in a business parking lot located in the 400 block of West 23rd Street. The car was driven by 20-year-old Zachary T. Wanamaker, Police said.
Police said that Wanamaker ran when the officer attempted to make contact with him while he was inside of the business. A perimeter was established and Wanamaker was apprehended and taken into custody with the assistance of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Deputy K-9 Unit.
Wanamaker was arrested and charged with third-degree domestic assault, arson and obstructing a police officer. The estimated damage occurring to the vehicle Wanamaker allegedly lit on fire was estimated at $1,600.
Police said that additional charges may be levied and that more information regarding this crime will be released when they are available.
Following his arrest, Wanamaker was transported to the Dodge County Jail’s 24-hour holding facility.
Lt. Ed Watts of the Fremont Police Department said that while infrequent, the department from time to time will investigate incidents involving fires suspected to have been intentionally started, however, a situation like the one occurring early Friday morning is out of the norm.
“We occasionally get arsons but they are generally kids setting fires in the restroom of a city park or something like that,” Watts said Friday afternoon. “It’s not very common though that we look into arson’s involving somebody’s property or a vehicle.”