A 20-year-old Windham man has been arrested and was being held in the Portage County jail Friday after allegedly setting a fire to a piece of wood near an Aurora home.
Austin S. Garsky, of 9038 Maple Grove #D, Windham, was charged in Kent Municipal Court with four counts of aggravated arson, each a first-degree felony, after allegedly setting fire to a home at 915 Lloyd Avenue in Aurora on Oct. 5, 2019.
According to court documents, Garsky set fire to a piece of wood between an occupied home and motorhome on Oct. 5. Aurora Police chief Brian Byard said police got the call for the fire at 10:52 p.m.
Two women were inside the house at the time of the fire and a man was inside the motorhome, according to court documents. None of them were injured, police said.
According to the police report, the homeowner was able to put out the fire with the garden hose before police or firemen got to the scene, so neither the home nor the motorhome caught on fire.
Aurora Police said Garsky used a bottle of lighter fluid and a lighter to set fire to a piece of wood that was connecting the house and the mobile home. Byard said Garsky told police he was had a verbal argument with the man at the residence who owned the motorhome.
On Thursday, he was arrested at a home on East Boulevard in Aurora in connection to a domestic violence case that is currently pending in Kent Municipal Court, and was additionally charged with violating a protection order, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Garsky was placed in jail in lieu of a $150,000 cash or surety bond after a hearing Thursday and was ordered to have no contact with any victims.