The 19-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly setting fires in the Arlington area was scheduled to make a first appearance on 14-counts of arson Friday, however, a local attorney in the case entered an appearance, so Cody Knox did not appear.
He was booked into the Reno County Jail after a warrant was served for 14-counts of arson. These charges stem from fire occurring between October 16, through November 27, 2012 in Reno County. All of them occurring within a few miles of the city of Arlington.
At the time of the fires, Knox was attending Hutchinson Community College studying fire science and was a volunteer member of Reno County District 4 Fire Department.
After he allegedly set the last fire, he apparently wrecked his truck and broke his arm. He claims he was headed to the reported grass fire, but Sheriff Captain Steve Lutz tells us that he believes he was trying to get away from the fire. Lutz wouldn’t speculate on why he set the fires, but that should come out as the case progresses through the court.
His case is now on the status hearing schedule in front of Magistrate Judge Randy McEwen for May 14.