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Authorities search for man wanted for arson

Friday, March 24, 2006

Joshua Cox is wanted for arson and attempted murder

Joshua Cox, brother of the man who jumped the fence at the White House is wanted by authorities in Fulton County for arson and attempted murder.

Denise Pawloski of Salem, who had been dating Cox, 27, of Mammoth Spring called the Fulton County Sheriff's Office and asked for an officer to come to her home and remove Cox on March 17 at 12:20 a.m., according to authorities.

At 12:26 a.m. Pawloski called the sheriff's office again and reported that her house was on fire. She said she had an argument with Cox a few minutes before the house was set on fire, according to authorities.

Pawloski and Cox argued some more before Cox agreed to leave. Pawloski, her sister and Pawloski's 14-year-old daughter left, leaving Pawloski's 16-year-old son asleep in a bedroom according to authorities. Pawloski left to drop a male friend off who was present during the argument too, according to Salem Police Chief Albert Roork.

Pawloski's sister said she went to a nearby residence which is in sight of Pawloski's home. She said she was at a vantage point where she could watch Cox, saying he got in his Cadillac and left.

Pawloski's sister said Cox was only gone briefly before returning to Pawloski's home.

Pawloski's sister told authorities she saw Cox return to the home and crawl in a back window. She said she saw him exit through the front door moments later.

Pawloski said she met Cox's car as she was driving to where her sister and daughter were. When she got to the neighbor's, Pawloski's daughter wanted to go home and check on the son.

Authorities said when they arrived, they went inside and discovered smoke. When they went to the back of the house, where Pawloski's bedroom is located, they opened the door and found the closet was on fire.

The Salem Fire Department arrived on the scene at 12:34 a.m. and put the fire out. The bedroom sustained major damage.

Authorities say there was no indication that the fire was accidental. Cox knew that Pawloski's son was asleep and alone in the house because he knew who was at the house according to all the people at the house.

Authorities are currently looking for Cox. Roork said he is believed to have fled for Illinois that night. He said police in Illinois will attempt to bring him into custody.

Cox faces charges of arson, a class B felony, and first degree attempted murder, a class A felony.

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