Maple Grove resident accused of attempted arson

From Local Sources

JASPER — Police took a man into custody Tuesday for an alleged attempted arson that morning at Maple Grove Village, 3828 N. Portersville Road.


The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department had been paged at 12:11 a.m. Tuesday to the report of a fire at Lot 62 at the mobile home park. Jasper Police Department officers arrived, made contact with the resident there and informed him there was a fire at his trailer.

Police say the fire was quickly extinguished. Later, police added, the fire was found to have been caused by a burning object being thrown at the trailer.

After an investigation that included police and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, authorities alleged Joseph A. Mastin, 24, 3828 N. Portersville Road, Lot 49, had been responsible.

As Jasper officers attempted to take Mastin into custody Tuesday evening., the suspect allegedly resisted arrest.

Authorities booked Mastin into the Dubois County Security Center at 7:04 p.m. on a preliminary Level 4 felony count of arson and a preliminary misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.

Jasper Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said six trucks and 16 firefighters responded to the Lot 62 incident and were on the scene for about 30 minutes.

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