JCSO: Indy woman set fire to ex-boyfriend’s house

An Indianapolis woman was charged with the arson of her ex-boyfriend’s White River Township home.

Jasmine R. Miller, 26, is facing a level four felony charge of arson for a March 30 fire in the 200 block of Restin Road, in the Carefree neighborhood.

The charge was filed on May 3 and a warrant was issued for her arrest the following day. Miller had an initial hearing on the charge Monday.

The fire broke out at approximately 2:09 a.m. March 30, following a fight that Miller had with the homeowner, who she was dating at the time. When a Johnson County detective arrived on the scene about an hour following the fire, Miller was at-large after she reportedly fled the scene on foot with her daughter, the probable cause affidavit filed with Johnson County Circuit Court says.

On the night of March 29, Miller and her ex had an argument after he confronted her about being at a casino. She allegedly responded to him via text and said she was going to come to his house and “drive his f***** truck through it,” the affidavit says.

The boyfriend feared Miller would do something violent so he made a report with the sheriff’s office. The report resulted in an arrest for a traffic offense for operating a vehicle without a license after she left the casino, court documents say.

He picked Miller up from jail early on March 30. He told police she was angry and blamed him for getting her arrested. On the way back to his house, she told him she was going to pack her stuff and move out, the affidavit says.

Once back at the house, the argument continued. She told him she was going to her mother’s house and put her belongings in garbage bags and loaded them into his truck, the affidavit says.

As the truck was being loaded, the boyfriend smelled something burning. He saw smoke coming from downstairs and found the clothes in his closet were on fire. He confronted Miller and then checked the house to make sure all of the children were outside, court documents say.

Miller fled the scene with her daughter, but left all of her belongings and her two dogs at the house, the affidavit says.

The ex-boyfriend told deputies the day after the fire that Miller had a butane torch that she used to smoke methamphetamine, which could have started the fire. A purse that contained items including casino player’s cards with Miller’s name on them and two butane torches was found in a backyard a few houses down from the scene of the fire, the affidavit says.

White River Township fire investigators ruled the cause of the fire was incendiary and the ignition source was an open flame that was used to catch clothing on fire, court documents say.

Miller is being held at the Johnson County jail on $100,000 cash-only bond, following authorization from Johnson County Circuit Court to hold her on higher than standard bond.