Rockford man charged with arson for house fire on Haskell Avenue

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Rockford man is charged with residential arson in the 1000 block of Haskell Avenue on November 15th.

26-year-old Andre Brooks was seen leaving the residence by another resident that helped officers later identify him, according to police.

Photo: Rockford Police Department

Police said that they once Brooks was in custody they took him back to be interviewed at District 1 police station.

According to the criminal complaint, Brooks admitted to the officer that he was at the residence during the time, and also admitted being in the kitchen where the fire was set. He continued to admit that he didn’t make any attempts to put out the fire, and had left the room.

Brooks allowed the ATF ADC (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Accelerate and Explosives Detection Canines) to perform a search of his clothing for the presence of an accelerant, the criminal complaint said.

According to the criminal complaint, the ADC made a positive alert to both of Brooks’ shoes.

Brooks was charged with Residential Arson.

He is being held in the Winnebago County Jail without bond.

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