Man caught on own camera trying to frame ex for arson


GOSHEN, Ohio (CNN) – Authorities in Clermont County say 43-year-old Paul Hicks was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday.

They say he tried to pin a 2015 house fire on his ex-girlfriend coming up with an elaborate plan.

The Clermont County Sheriff’s office took to Facebook to announce they are looking for this man for coordinating the arson of his own home.

The suspect’s own home surveillance video captures what happened. The cameras were placed in a fireproof safe.

It shows two people walk onto Hicks’ property on Stumpy Lane in Goshen. The suspects are in full body suits. They also appear to be carrying gasoline cans.

The cameras caught several different angles of the unknown suspects in the home.

They begin to pour the accelerant inside the house. Also notice, one of the suspects decides he can’t let the big screen tv go up in flames. That was technically stolen.

Then after the two are out of the home it rips into flames.

Look at the violent nature of the fire’s wrath as everything in the home burns up.

So the big question is why?

The sheriff’s office said Hicks wanted to pin the arson on his ex-girlfriend. They said it was triggered by a child custody battle and Hicks wanted the insurance money.

They said the only sure thing now is when they catch him, he’s going to jail.

When people learned about the story they were fired up.

“That’s awful – especially in the name of getting your kids. Trying to get custody of his kids I imagine, so probably not the best thing to be doing.”

A Clermont County grand jury has issued an indictment for Hicks on two counts of aggravated arson, insurance fraud and three counts of perjury.

He currently remains at large.

The sheriff’s office is also looking to identify the other individuals involved.

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