Joplin man charged with arson for 3rd Street house fire

Joplin Man Charged With Arson For 3rd Street House Fire
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JOPLIN, Mo. – Attorneys charge a Joplin man with arson after a house fire on 3rd Street.

On November 6, 2021, Joplin firefighters and police officers responded to a report of a structure fire. It was in the area of 320 W. 3rd Street.

Crews put the fire out and determined it started outside the home. Authorities considered it a suspicious fire. The outside of the home had extensive damage.

During a criminal investigation, authorities found surveillance video images of a suspect wearing “very distinct clothing” at the scene near the time when the fire started. The video was from a nearby business.

Authorities identified the suspect in those images as Ronald J. Deloney, 27, of Joplin. He had active warrants from Carterville, Missouri.

Police arrested him on November 14.

After his arrest, investigators found evidence they say confirms Deloney started the fire.

During a post-Miranda rights interview with Deloney, police say he admitted to walking down an alley, lighting a paper note on fire with a lighter and throwing it near a house. That house was 320 West 3rd Street. When investigators asked if it would be reasonable to believe the house would catch on fire if he did that, Deloney allegedly responded that he was mad and wasn’t thinking.

You can read more from court documents here.

The Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed a second-degree arson charge against Deloney on November 15. He has a $10,000 bond (surety or $2,000 cash).

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