SW IA Authorities searching for arson/burglary suspect


January 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety said today (Friday), investigators with the State Fire Marshal Division and the Mills County Sheriff’s Office are looking for 30-year old Jason Anthony Vasquez.

Arson/burglary suspect Jason Vasquez

  Vasquez is wanted on an arrest warrant for 2nd Degree Arson and 2nd Degree Burglary, after an incident that occurred on February 12th, 2011 at approximately 7:06 AM.

On February 12, 2011, a manufactured home located at 516 Indian Avenue in Hastings, Iowa was broken into, and its contents intentionally set on fire.  The investigation revealed that two subjects, brothers 32-year old Domingo Ace Vasquez, and Jason Vasquez, were involved in an argument with family members in Council Bluffs in the early morning hours of February 12, 2011.  The brothers then returned to the home in Hastings where those family members were storing personal belongings, and ignited the personal items.

Warrants for the arrest of both Domingo and Jason Vasquez were issued in Mills County on Thursday, January 19, 2012.  On Friday, January 20, 2012, Domingo Ace Vasquez was arrested by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.  He is now in custody at the Mills County Jail, facing charges of 2nd Degree Arson and 2nd Degree Burglary.

Jason Vasquez remains at large and is believed to be in the Council Bluffs/Omaha area.  Anyone with information on Jason Vasquez’s whereabouts should immediately contact 911.