Man Arrested for Alleged Aggravated Arson and Cruelty to Animals in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City police have apprehended Jason Mathew Cobb, 42, on charges of aggravated arson and aggravated cruelty to animals. The arrest follows a devastating incident that occurred on February 12, when a duplex on Orchard Drive caught fire. Cobb was found unconscious inside the burning building by a neighbor who bravely rescued him.

Upon regaining consciousness, Cobb appeared agitated and exhibited signs of being under the influence of illegal substances. During questioning, he confessed to intentionally setting the fire, claiming he was “going nuts.” Cobb admitted to puncturing an acetone can with a screwdriver, igniting it near his bed. He further revealed that he had used a torch and sprayed adhesive to fuel the flames.

Tragically, nine puppies were trapped inside the duplex during the fire. Despite the efforts of firefighters to resuscitate them, the puppies succumbed to their injuries and perished. Cobb admitted to hearing the puppies’ distressing cries while the fire raged.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for the duplex, where they discovered a burnt can with a hole in it, along with a can of 3m Spray Adhesive, a lighter, and a torch in an adjacent room. Fire Arson Investigators also noted clear evidence of accelerant spillage on the remains of the bedroom carpet.

Cobb, who had previously admitted to using crystal meth earlier in the day, claimed to have been hearing voices. He was subsequently transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation and later taken into custody upon his release.

Following his arrest, Cobb was booked into Davis County Jail, where he awaits further legal proceedings. The charges against him include aggravated arson, a first-degree felony, and aggravated cruelty to animals, a class A misdemeanor.


Author: CrimeDoor

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