By Patti Weaver

 

    (Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing teenager accused of arson, burglary and drug possession in Perkins has been jailed on $15,000 bail pending an April 4 court appearance.
    Caleb Alexander Lewis, 18, who was arraigned Thursday, had been arrested in Perkins at 1:38 am on March 3 by Perkins Police Officer Spencer Gedon, court records show.
    A Perkins woman had reported, “she was in bed, heard some bang sounds, then glass breaking in her daughter’s room,” at 10:49 pm on March 2, an affidavit said.
    The Perkins officer said, “I walked the area, but did not see anyone or anything that could have broken the window,” and said he would do extra patrols throughout the night.
    “While walking back to my patrol vehicle, I saw an Iowa Tribe Unit parked near mine. Officer Kyle Younger told me there was a vehicle with the door left open, and he saw a male get into the car, walk up to him, talk to him, and tell him his name was Caleb, then walk away, go behind a shed and disappear,” the Perkins officer wrote in his affidavit.
    When the Perkins officer talked to the vehicle owner, she said it was unlocked and $500 was missing from the center console, the affidavit said.
    At Kirk and NE 3rd, the Perkins officer saw “a bright orange light that I associated with a fire explosion,” according to his affidavit.
    The Iowa tribal officer “then came over the radio and told me there was a fire,” the Perkins officer wrote in his affidavit.
    “I pulled into a field and could see an individual walking towards me,” who said he was Caleb Lewis, the Perkins officer alleged in his affidavit.
    “I asked Caleb if he set the fire, and he said that someone threw gasoline at him and tried to light him on fire. While looking at Caleb, I could see that his hands were burnt, and the hair on his face and head were burnt. I told dispatch to start an ambulance to my location for Caleb’s burns.
    “I noticed that Caleb was wearing a white wind-breaker style jacket that was melted in several areas from the fire. I asked Officer Younger to stay with Caleb and I went and checked on the fire,” where a melted gas can was found in the middle of charred grass, the Perkins officer wrote in his affidavit.
    “Caleb got into the ambulance and was evaluated by EMS. While I was speaking to EMS, Officer Younger found $530 in Caleb’s jacket pocket. I asked Caleb if he had any money on him and he said no. EMS said they were going to take him to Stillwater Medical Center to get his burns treated,” the Perkins officer alleged in his affidavit.
    At the hospital, “Caleb began to act aggressive towards ER staff, so myself, Deputy Rose and ER staff restrained him while they removed his jacket for evaluation. We held Caleb to the bed until he calmed down enough to finish his treatment,” before being jailed, the Perkins officer wrote in his affidavit.
    “After returning to the Perkins Police Department, I realized that I did not search Caleb’s jacket that we had removed from his person in the ER. While searching the jacket, I found a rolled-up piece of plastic with 10 Xanax bars in it,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.