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Suspect arrested in connection with three Newton County vehicle fires

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Newton County, Missouri - Police say a Neosho, Missouri man gives no reasons behind why he slashed tires and burned three vehicles.  Newton County deputies have been investigating three separate vehicle fires within the county.  The first happened April 14th.  The second incident happened April 29th, when an unused truck was found burning at Southside Apartments.

21-year-old Jonathon Ashworth has been arrested and is charged with three counts of knowingly burning, all felonies.  Deputies say several vehicle tires were also slashed in the neighborhood where the fires happened.

The arrest comes after an extensive investigation.

"After the first car was burned, we stepped up patrol in the area.  Did a couple of stakeouts, but didn't do any good with anything.  After the second car was burned, then we did much more surveillance with undercover detectives along with cameras.  Yesterday morning when this fire occurred, we had an officer that was like a block away," says Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland.

"He gives no reason for it.  He has confessed to the crimes, but he gives no explanation for it," says Copeland.


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