Arson charges filed in New Year's Day fire in Mt. Vernon

An investigation by Indiana State Police leads to arson charges against a Mt. Vernon man.

Detectives say 25-year-old Jack Anderson intentionally set fire to his home on New Year's Day.

While investigating the fire, it was determined by detectives that Anderson had battered and threatened his live-in girlfriend in the early morning hours on New Year's Day.

Anderson had left the home by the time Mt. Vernon Police arrived. 

His girlfriend did not require medical attention.  She left their home to go stay with family.

Anderson allegedly returned to the house and started a fire.

Later that day, Anderson turned himself in at the Posey County Jail for the charges stemming from battering his girlfriend.

Anderson was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police on charges of Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon, Strangulation and Domestic Battery.

The arson investigation was turned over to the Posey County Prosecutor's office for review.

Criminal charges were filed against Anderson on January 10.

He is still in the Posey County Jail and is being held on a $200,000 cash bond.

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