Thursday, May 24, 2018
Joplin man charged with arson in connection with fire at 1015 South St. Louis
On May 23, 2018 at 11:05 p.m. the Joplin Police Department responded to 1015 South St. Louis, apartment #7, for a structure fire. When officers arrived on scene, there was a male sitting in front of the fire and an angry crowd accusing the male of setting the fire on purpose.
Additional officers were summoned to help control the large angry crowd. The Joplin Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fire. Detectives also responded.
The male, Brian W. Barksdale, 41, Joplin, was arrested for first degree arson. A family that lives directly above Barksdale’s apartment was displaced by the fire. No injuries were reported. Charges have been submitted to the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office.