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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Alleged Ormond Beach Arsonist

4/4/2019

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Alleged Ormond Beach Arsonist

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of William Schenkel for arson and aggravated assault after allegedly setting fire to a vehicle in Ormond Beach.
 
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “Thankfully, no lives were lost in this fire, but arson is a dangerous crime that can turn deadly in an instant. My dedicated arson detectives work diligently to bring criminals like this to justice before they strike again. You can rest assured that arsonists in Florida will be caught and they will be held accountable.”
 
On March 31, CFO Patronis' arson detectives responded to a vehicle fire on Linda Avenue at the request of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO). Based on the fire inspection, evidence, and witness statements, all accidental causes were ruled out and the fire was determined to be arson.
 
Two days after the fire, witnesses allege Schenkel said he was going to burn down a home on Linda Avenue "with everyone inside of it tonight." Schenkel also allegedly claimed the residents "will know they can't stay here and live."
 
William Schenkel was arrested on April 3 and transported to the Volusia County Jail on charges of arson and aggravated assault. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).