FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A Fort Wayne man is facing arson and criminal mischief charges in connection with a fire that investigators say he intentionally set at his ex-wife’s garage.
Police said Nathaniel Woods, 25, started the fire one day after being asked to leave the home he’d temporarily shared with his ex-wife, Lindsay Tumbleson, and her new husband.
According to court documents, Woods admitted that he went to the detached garage in the early morning hours of May 13, piled up trash and cardboard, and tried to use a lit cigarette to ignite them. When that didn’t work, he used his lighter to start the fire. Woods said he watched the fire from the doorway of the garage for about 20 minutes until he saw the interior wood walls start to burn. He then left the scene.
On May 15, Tim Woods contacted police and said he believed his son Nathan may have been involved in the fire. On May 18, Nathan Woods went to police headquarters to be interviewed. During that interview, Woods said he wanted to seek help for his emotional problems and that he felt that if he couldn’t be with Tumbleson, he didn’t want anyone to be with her.
Police took him into custody at that time and prosecutors officially filed felony charges against him the next day.