Home set on fire twice; Husband charged in McDowell Co.

A man is under arrest, charged with felony arson in Marion after deputies say he set his estranged wife’s home on fire.

Jonathan Stroud, 30, faces that charge along with felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor injury to personal property, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor child abuse from the McDowell County Sheriff’s office after an incident in December.

Stroud is accused of setting fire to his estranged wife’s camper after ongoing domestic issues. She was not home at the time, according to reports.

This incident led authorities to other crimes they also believe were committed by Stroud.

Stroud’s wife reported that in November 2014, her husband set fire to the same camper with her and their 1-year-old son inside. They both escaped uninjured, reports say.

A detective says Stroud abused that same child in February 2015, when the child was 2, by hitting him on his back, buttock, and inner thigh, leaving multiple bruises.

Stroud received his charged for breaking and entering, after deputies say he broke into a 1999 Toyota SUV while it was parked in a church lot. The vehicle owner reported that the suspect stole $135 worth of items, including cash and a purse and its contents, and caused $500 worth of damage to a window, reports say.

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