Man arrested in connection with 4 arsons set on the same day

Brad Clark Fair II
Brad Clark Fair II(Staff)
Published: May. 9, 2022 at 4:14 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - A man believed to have set fire at four locations on April 29, 2022, is now behind bars facing arson charges.

According to a probable cause, Brad Clark Fair II, 35, started the day by setting a fire inside the Bud Meeks Justice Center around 9:17 a.m.

Documents say that Fair walked into the vestibule at the justice center and sprayed lighter fluid on a post used for crowd control, and on the carpet. Fair then lit the area on fire. A witness saw the fire getting larger, the court documents said, and pushed Fair out of the building while another witness used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out. Fair was seen leaving a black Chrysler with tinted windows and chrome trim.

The documents say that at around 12:28 p.m., Fair also set a fire to the trash can and 14 different locations inside the men’s bathroom at Subway, 116 W. Rudisill Boulevard. Fair was seen leaving the scene in the same black Chrysler, the probable cause said.

Documents say that just after 1 p.m., Fair then went to the Arby’s at 6759 Bluffton Road. Surveillance cameras show Fair entering the store. The probable cause says, Fair entered the men’s bathroom, set fire to a trash can, the cloth strap of a baby changing station, and a roll of toilet paper. Surveillance cameras show Fair leaving in the black Chrysler.

Just before 4 p.m., surveillance cameras show the black Chrysler pulling into the Kroger parking lot at 218 E. Pettit Avenue, and Fair and walking into the grocery store, the documents said. Cameras inside the store show Fair taking a bottle of lighter fluid off of a display rack, and spraying the display rack with the lighter fluid, then lighting it. Fair then continued to spay the lighter fluid at the fire. The probable cause documents say there were several customers and children in the store at the time Fair set the display on fire. The fire was so intense, the documents say, that the sprinkler heads turned on to put the fire out. Surveillance cameras show Fair leaving the store in the black Chrysler. Representatives from Kroger say the store will reopen on Tuesday at 7 a.m.

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