Trending Topics

S.C. man accused of setting fire at CO’s home in suspected retaliation

The incident could have been in response to contraband seizures at work, CO Fransisco Collazo said


Joshua Jordan

Summerville Police Department

By Sarah Sinning

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — A man is facing arson charges after allegedly setting fire to the house of a South Carolina corrections officer in January, WCBD reports.

Joshua Jordan, 29, was arrested on March 10 and charged with second-degree arson. He is accused of setting fire to CO Fransisco Collazo’s sidewalk, driveway, garage door and a section of the home’s vinyl siding in the early hours of January 19. Home surveillance video captured a man pouring gasoline around the property at 1:45 a.m. and then fleeing after lighting the fire.

Collazo, who works at Lieber Correctional Facility as a contraband officer, told police he believes he was targeted in retaliation for contraband seizures at the jail and that the “hit” may have been put out by currently incarcerated gang members.

Jordan was previously arrested after he reportedly crashed a drone filled with drugs, hacksaw blades and lighters into the yard at the facility earlier this year.