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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:00 am

Man accused of arson held

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Witnesses saw Roderick Trotter light his shirt on fire and drop it by the side door. They saw him fan the flames and then put leaves and dried grass on the fire to make it bigger.

Someone called out to Trotter to stop what he was doing because she was inside the duplex being set on fire and she had a child with her. 

But Trotter, 52, of the 3500 block of Winter Street, apparently didn't care.

“I don't give a (expletive) who's in the house. I'm burning it down,” he said, according to court documents. The duplex address was not identified in court documents.

The fire reported about 3:30 p.m. Monday caused exterior damage to the duplex's siding and door. Trotter fled in a green Toyota 4-Runner and was stopped at an unidentified location, court records said.

Initially, he refused to stop and get out of the SUV, court documents said. Eventually, he got out but walked away from the officer. He then fought the handcuffs and refused to walk on his own to the squad car. Officers had to carry him, court records said.

Trotter is facing charges of arson and resisting law enforcement. He is in the Allen County Jail with a $11,500 bond.

jduffy@jg.net