DALLAS — After allegedly setting a house on fire, the two suspects in a December arson in Dallas reportedly made cellphone videos claiming responsibility as the house burned and fire crews arrived.
Joshua Max Alexander Delano, 21, and Stanley Wade Mock, 20, are accused of breaking in at 373 SE Arizona St., vandalizing it, and setting the newly remodeled house on fire.
They’re also the suspects in connection to several other incidents of vandalism involving broken windows, according to Dallas Police. Charges are pending in those cases.
They’re both charged with one count each of first-degree arson, first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief in regards to the fire. Dallas police arrested Delano on Jan. 14 and Mock on Jan. 15.
Thursday, Polk County Circuit Judge Rafael Caso denied them release from jail until their next appearance in court.
Delano’s attorney Steven Walls explained that his client’s bail was set too high for his charges.
“I want to inform the court that I think there was some confusion regarding Mr. Delano’s charge at the initial arraignment. The court and the parties set bail as though this was a Measure 11 offense and it is not,” Walls said. “I would request at least the bail be reduced to the standard bail for an A felony.”
Caso agreed with Walls’ point, but deferred the request to the next hearing because the victim wasn’t notified.
“The victim has a constitutional right to be here,” Caso said.
The judge also denied a request to release Mock on his own recognizance, even with his mother assuring the judge her son would make all court appearances and abide by a curfew.
Caso referred the damage to the property — a total loss — when refusing the request. The house’s owner, Walter Hudgins, had been remodeling and preparing the property to sell before the fire.
“With the extent of the damage to the (house), I don’t think recognizance release is appropriate today,” Caso said.
Both defendants will appear on Thursday at 1:14 p.m. in Court Room No. 4 for a preliminary hearing and release hearing.
The fire occurred on Dec. 29, and was declared an arson by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, according to court documents.
Investigators found evidence at the scene, including an empty ham and Swiss sandwich container from Safeway, Milwaukee’s Best beer cans, a cellphone, and impressions from Georgia Romeo boots left in white paint that was spilled in the house.
Officers reviewed video from Safeway to identify Delano as the person who purchased the beer and sandwich, and who was wearing boots that were a potential match for the shoe prints in the house. Investigators served a search warrant on the phone, and found it belonged to Elizabeth Underwood, according to court documents. She told police her nephew, Delano, lost the phone.
On Jan. 14, a Dallas officer spotted Delano on Miller Avenue in Dallas and brought him in for an interview.
He admitted to police he was the person on the Safeway video, and that he had broken into the house to drink with a friend, who he identified as Mock.
Delano claimed that Mock wanted to vandalize the house and set the fire.
Mock would say the opposite when interviewed by police a day later.
“He said Delano broke the door and was the one who started the fire in the house,” Buchholz reported. “He admitted to later throwing debris on the fire as it was burning.”
According to police, after fleeing the house, the pair used Mock’s cellphone to make videos about the fire.
“I heard both Delano and Stanley talk about what ‘we did’ and Stanley made a short selfie video say ‘we’ burnt the house down as fire trucks were driving behind them,” Buchholz wrote.