Iron County man indicted on charges of starting fires in Mark Twain National Forest

(Source: Pexels/moein moradi)
(Source: Pexels/moein moradi)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – An Iron County has been indicted on charges that accuse him of starting fires in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri and assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Lucas G. Henson, 36, pleaded not guilty when he appeared in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau Wednesday.

Henson was indicted December 6 on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer, arson and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Henson faces charges including robbery, stealing a motor vehicle and resisting arrest in New Madrid Circuit Court related to the same incident.

According to the indictment, Henson assaulted a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer on Oct. 23, 2022 in Wayne County. On the same day, the indictment says he damaged United States property with fire and possessed a firearm as a convicted felon.

Charging documents in that case say Henson set three fires in Butler and Wayne counties that damaged seven to eight acres of National Forest land and pointed a crossbow at the Forest Service officer.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Forest Service, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Shelton is prosecuting the case.

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