Although Sheriff Officials are not saying much about an arres for arson, they did release that 20-year-old Cody Knox was booked into the Reno County Jail after a warrant was served for 14 counts of arson. These charges stem from arson’s which occurred between October 16, 2012 through November 27, 2012 in Reno County. Knox will make his first court appearance in the case on May 3.
At the time of the fires, Knox was attending Hutchinson Community College studying fire science and was a volunteer member of Reno County District 4 Fire Department.
District Attorney Keith Schroeder says the fires consisted of grass fires in the county on several occasions. He says they are believed to have been set with a cigarette lighter.
All of them occurring within a few miles of the city of Arlington according to Sheriff Detective Captain Steve Lutz, all the time, he was working for the fire department and going to school at the college.
Lutz says on the last report of a grass fire in the Arlington area, he apparently wrecked his truck and broke his arm. He claims he was headed to the reported grass fire, but Lutz says he believes he was trying to get away from the fire. Lutz wouldn’t speculate on why he set the fires, but that should come out as the case progresses through the court.
Knox is free on 75-hundred dollar bond and is scheduled for a first appearance this Friday at 9:30 a-m