Lebanon man indicted on arson, threatening charges stemming from car fire

Staff Report
Published: 1/20/2021 10:55:56 PM
Modified: 1/20/2021 10:55:54 PM

LEBANON — A 35-year-old Lebanon man was indicted this month on charges related to a car fire that police believe he set outside of a neighbor’s home, according to court documents.

James Jackson was indicted on counts of arson, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and criminal threatening. The counts are connected to an incident in May, when he allegedly set fire to his neighbor’s car and used a knife to cut the neighbor’s motorcycle seat, according to an affidavit written by Lebanon Police Detective Brady Harwood.

A man called police around 12:35 a.m. on May 29, about someone banging on his door at an apartment on Wolf Road. When police arrived they found the man’s car with a smashed window and a “firework” inside. They also found a nearby motorcycle that the man owned with a seat that looked like it had been cut with a knife, police said.

Police left the scene but were called back just under two hours later when the man said he found his car on fire. He blamed Jackson, who lives in the neighborhood, according to the affidavit.

Officers questioned Jackson, who said he stole a drill from his neighbor’s car to get back at him for selling drugs to underage kids, but he denied lighting the car on fire, police wrote.

A witness who was near the scene at the time told police he saw Jackson light the car on fire, leading police to file charges against him.

Jackson has been held in preventive detention since his arrest on May 29. He has a bail hearing scheduled for Feb. 5, according to court documents.

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