Lubbock man charged with arson, accused of starting dumpster fire

Lubbock man charged with arson, accused of starting dumpster fire
Jon Michael Richards, 30, of Lubbock

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - 30-year-old Jon Richards of Lubbock was indicted by a Lubbock Grand Jury on Tuesday, charged with arson after police say he started a dumpster fire in the 2500 block of 40th Street back on July 9.

The police report says LPD got two calls about a fire in the alley behind a residence there and encountered Richards during the second call.

Police say Richards initially told them he started the fire deliberately to burn trash after the dumpster got full and then changed his story to say he accidentally dropped a cigarette in the dumpster.

Witnesses told police they saw Richards adding fuel to the fire and laughing.

He is currently being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center on $3,500 bond.

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