FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man remains in jail accused of setting fire to a family member’s home in July.
Carl Wayne Robinson appeared in Warren County General District Court on Tuesday where he stands charged with arson of an occupied dwelling. A warrant for his arrest on the charge identifies Robinson and Carolyn Funk as the property’s owners. Warren County online property records list Funk as the owner.
Judge W. Dale Houff ordered Robinson, 46, of 849 W. 11th St., Front Royal, to remain held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Houff appointed Ryan Nuzzo to represent Robinson and scheduled the defendant’s next appearance for Sept. 18. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Samantha Meadows appeared for the prosecutor’s office.
Court documents indicate that Robinson told investigators he started the fire with the intent of hurting himself.
The Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, the Sheriff’s Office and Middletown Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 632 Catlett’s Ford Road shortly after 1:35 p.m. July 14. Crews arrived to find the home on fire and smoke throughout the residence. Crews quickly put out the fire. Robinson escaped the fire and rescue workers treated him on the scene for smoke inhalation.
The Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the incident and ruled arson as the cause. The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the Fire Marshal’s Office tried to identify any suspects in the case.
A criminal complaint filed with the arrest warrant states that “Robinson gave inconsistent statements to law enforcement (and) Fire Marshal (Gerry) Maiatico at the scene.”
“It was determined by Fire Marshal Maiatico who conducted the investigation that the fire started with human involvement,” the complaint states. “Fire Marshal Maiatico eliminated all accidental sources as the fire cause.
“On 8-6-19 Robinson was interviewed and during this interview stated he intentionally started the fire at the residence by using a disposable lighter that is used for lighting candles and grills,” the complaint states. “Robinson used the lighter to light a T-shirt that was on the back of a recliner in the residence.”
Robinson said in the interview that it took a while for the shirt to catch fire, the complaint states.
“Robinson also stated he was starting the fire with the intent to harm himself,” according to the complaint.
Authorities arrested Robinson on Saturday and charged him with arson. A magistrate held Robinson without bond at the jail pending his first court appearance.
A checklist used by the magistrate to determine bail states that Robinson’s situation required a mandatory hold at the jail without bond. Robinson said at his booking that he felt depressed and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.