MT. VERNON (WRXX) – Bond has been set at half-a-million dollars for a 40-year-old Mt. Vernon man wanted on a Jefferson County criminal warrant charging him with aggravated arson stemming from a July 8 fire at a Mt. Vernon apartment complex.
According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, Troy Davis was arrested Wednesday in Indianapolis, Indiana on the Jefferson County warrant, along with an Indiana warrant for domestic battery.
The Illinois warrant stems from an incident reported just before 3 a.m. on Friday, July 8. Mt. Vernon police officers, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies, Mt. Vernon firefighters and Litton’s Ambulance all responded to a report of a structure fire at an apartment complex located at 2020 Broadway in Mt Vernon.
Multiple additional fire departments were called to assist Mt Vernon fire in extinguishing the blaze. Officers and deputies assisted in evacuating the complex. Numerous residents were displaced, and one was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation from the fire.
The State of Illinois Fire Marshall’s Office, Mt. Vernon Fire Department and Mt Vernon Police Department began an investigation into the fire. The investigation determined the fire was an intentional act and investigators began to work with the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office.
On July 14th, 2022, the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office requested, and received, a warrant charging Davis, from Mt. Vernon, with Aggravated Arson and bond was set at $500,000 (10% applies).
Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department detectives began working with the United States Marshalls Service to locate Davis.
Davis remains in custody in Indiana pending extradition to Illinois.