LONGTOWN, Okla. — A Stigler man was charged after allegedly setting fire to a storage shed on Feb. 6 near Longtown, according to documents filed by District 18 District Attorney Chuck Sullivan.

Court documents show that Christopher James Carver Jr, 26, of Stigler, was charged with felony second degree arson after allegedly setting fire to a storage shed at a residence in the Longtown area with a rural Stigler address.

Pittsburg County Deputy Sheriff Dylan Reasnor wrote in a probable cause affidavit that he was dispatched to a residence in Stigler in reference to an arson.

Reasnor wrote in the affidavit that he was met by Carver’s father, who advised that his son burned down a storage shed that was located on his property.

In the affidavit, the father told the deputy that the shed was on fire when he arrived at his residence. When he walked inside his residence, he found his son inside and said he smelled like smoke, the affidavit states.

The father instructed Carver to get in the car so he could take him to a doctor, but Carver did not follow his father’s commands and left the residence, according to the father’s statement in the affidavit.

After a search for Carver, the father returned to the residence where the Longtown Fire Dept. was on scene putting the fire out, the affidavit states. After the fire was put out, a firefighter located Carver and returned him to the residence, which is when Deputy Reasnor was dispatched to the residence, the deputy wrote in the affidavit.

Reasnor wrote that he made contact with Carver inside the house and he asked Carver what happened in regard to the fire. The affidavit states that Carver told the deputy he was feeling emotional after a breakup and left the residence to go to a shed in the woods.

Carver told the deputy that he lit the shed on fire with a cigarette and after staying in the shed for a few minutes, he left and went back to his father’s house, the affidavit stated.

Deputy Reasnor wrote that he asked Carver to show him the shed that he set on fire and he complied. The deputy followed Carver to the shed, which was partially burned, and that Carver showed the deputy where he threw the cigarette, the affidavit states.

After placing Carver under arrest, photos were found on Carver’s Facebook page showing him with the fire at the time it was started and shared with the deputy.

If convicted, Carver is facing a fine of up to $25,000, imprisonment for up to 35 years, or both.


James writes for McAlester News Capital, a CNHI News Service publication.

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