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Montgomery Man Wanted for Arson in Smith County

The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office has secured an arrest warrant for a 39-year-old Montgomery County man for allegedly setting someone’s vehicle on fire Thursday.

At approximately 9 a.m. on April 23, 2020, the Fire Marshal’s Office was called to assist the Smith County Sheriff’s Office with a disturbance in the 4400 block of County Road 2306.

Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene and found a 2000 Jeep Cherokee that had been damaged by a fire, which was extinguished prior to their arrival. Investigators determined the origin and cause of the fire and ruled that it was incendiary in nature. The suspect in this case was known by the victims, and witnesses were able to identify the suspect, Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks said.     

“Based on witness statements and evidence collected at the scene, our office has secured an arrest warrant for Jacob Marten Spitz, of Montgomery County, signed by 241st District Judge Jack Skeen Jr. for the second-degree felony of arson of a vehicle,” Brooks said. “We believe Spitz may have headed back to his residence in Spring and has left Smith County.”

No one was injured in the incident. The suspect in this case is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The investigation is ongoing.         

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