Man Facing Arson Charge for Torching House

Jeffrey Yankey admitted to setting his 115 N. Stadium Drive house on fire but offered no explanation for why, Joliet police said.

A Joliet man who, for undisclosed reasons, decided to set his house on fire has been charged with arson, Joliet Police Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

Jeffrey D. Yankey, 51, was taken into custody April 10 after police found him outside his 115 N. Stadium Drive, which was engulfed in flames, and he announced he had intentionally set the blaze, Benton said.

Yankey told officers he used a lit candle to set paper on fire in the kitchen, which then spread to the rest of the single-family house, he said. He offered no explanation for his actions.

Police also said Yankey was covered in black, which they initially thought was soot but later found out was paint, Benton said. 

Yankey is being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $60,000 bond.

William Taylor April 25, 2013 at 05:01 PM
The man needs help. He lost a loved one. Glock needs help because he is DUMB & STUPID.
GlockG22Shoots40s April 25, 2013 at 05:43 PM
awwww...ur breakin my heart... his wife died many, many years ago... shut up you dumb ass...
ketapooh April 25, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Shame shame
Hartz April 29, 2013 at 12:30 AM
I'm surprised Jax hasn't had anything to say. He seems to know everyone in here. All hail Jax?
Phyllis Brown April 30, 2013 at 12:52 AM
He's been through many many heartaches. His wife was my sister!


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