Cox nabbed in Illinois

Thursday, March 30, 2006

A man wanted for allegedly setting his girlfriend's home on fire while her son was home sleeping has been arrested in Peoria, Ill.

Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said Joshua Cox, 27, of Mammoth Spring fled to Illinois after the incident at the home of his girlfriend, Denise Pawloski, March 17.

Dillinger said Cox went to his father's home in Illinois after he fled the scene of the fire. He said Cox's father told him to leave the property and called Peoria law enforcement.

Sgt. Steve Dearing, of the Peoria County Sheriffs Office said Cox was arrested March 22 at 9 a.m. at the Caterpillar plant in Mossville, Ill.

Peoria police found Cox driving the vehicle, a Cadillac, he fled the area in. The Peoria police had been faxed Cox's information from the Fulton County Sheriff's office, Dillinger said.

Authorities took Cox to Peoria County Jail, which currently houses 500 inmates, 79 of whom are sleeping on the floor, Dearing said.

Dearing said Cox waived extradition and is expected to be picked up any time. He said Cox has not been any trouble.

"We're going to pick him up this week," Dillinger said. He said Fulton County Deputies will bring to Fulton County Cox back April 1.

When Cox returns to Fulton County, he will be arraigned within 72 hours on charges of attempted murder, a class A felony, and arson, a class B felony.

Cox allegedly tried to set fire to the home of his girlfriend, Terri Golding, while her 16-year-old son was home alone and asleep in bed, according to authorities.

Golding's sister saw Cox drive back to the home of her sister and crawl inside a window at her home, authorities said. They said Golding's saw Cox leave through the front door shortly thereafter. Golding, her sister and 14-year-old daughter arrived to find smoke coming from the building soon after.

Joshua Cox is the brother of Shawn Cox, who is charged with aggravated assault on a correctional facility employee after spitting in the face of Fulton County Deputy James Cantrell. Cantrell had been readying Shawn Cox for transport to Arkansas State Hospital for mental evaluation, according to authorities.

Shawn Cox was committed to the Arkansas State Hospital after authorizes were called to an incident at the Fulton County Clerk's Office on March 1. Shawn Cox went to the office, demanding his copy of a marriage license to Chelsea Clinton which does not exist, according to authorities.

Shawn Cox's interest in Clinton led to national attention after he jumped over a fence onto the White House lawn in December in search of her, according to authorities.

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