Suspect arrested after setting RV on fire to escape police


Case #: 24-69532
Suspect arrested after setting RV on fire to escape police

The Windsor Police Service has arrested a suspect who deliberately set fire to a recreational vehicle, in an attempt to flee from officers. 

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. last night, members of the Problem-Oriented Policing Unit (POP) attended the 700 block of Bridge Avenue to arrest a suspect wanted on multiple outstanding warrants. When the suspect refused to exit a parked RV, officers obtained a warrant and attempted to legally enter the trailer.  

The suspect then lit a fire, which quickly engulfed the inside of the RV and spread to the hydro lines above the trailer. As officers dealt with the fire, the suspect escaped through a small opening in the floor of the trailer and fled the scene. 

Officers conducted an extensive search and located the suspect hiding within a residence in the 700 block of Bridge Avenue. 

Michael Jackson, 41, was arrested on the strength of his outstanding warrants for charges of break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, and driving while prohibited (x 3). He is further charged with arson with a disregard for human life and arson causing property damage. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Target Base Unit at 519-255-6700, ext. 4350. They can also contact Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at

If you or someone you know is an affected person in need of support, please call Victim Services Windsor Essex County at 519-723-2711 or the Victim Assistance Unit at Windsor Police at 519-255-6700, ext. 4879.

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Contact the WPS Corporate Communication Unit's Public Information Officer at (519) 255-6700, ext. 4441.

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