Wednesday, October 9, 2019

One arrested after arson case in Passaic


On October 4th a Bates County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to the RV Park in Passaic for an enclosed trailer that was on fire. When he arrived he observed the tires were burnt and there was fire damage up the side of the trailer. There were cans on the ground between the tires where the fire appeared to start from. There was also a strong odor of gasoline. 

The Adrian Fire Chief and the Deputy were able to confirm that the gasoline smell was in the area of a camper owned by Jose Lemus. Lemus let the Deputy search his camper. The smell of gasoline inside the camper was almost unbearable. 

The Deputy located more cans inside his the camper that were like the ones that were found between the tires.

After further investigation Jose Lemus (DOB 3/15/1967) was arrested and charged with arson. 

He is currently in custody in the Bates County Jail. His bond was set at $25000 cash or surety.