Man charged with arson after domestic dispute led to mobile home fire

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

SOUTH BEND South Bend Police arrested 24-year-old Mark O'Banion Wednesday after an alleged domestic dispute led to a mobile home fire.

O'Banion was charged Friday with two counts of arson and one count of resisting law enforcement.

His bond was set at $50,000, and as of Friday afternoon he was still in the custody of the St. Joseph County Jail.

Police were called to Countryside Village mobile home park in the 1000 block of S. Mayflower Road around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for a fight between a husband and wife.

Shortly after an officer arrived on the scene, the husband barricaded himself inside the couple's trailer while his wife was outside.

Eventually, loud pops were heard and smoke was seen coming from the trailer.

"He was putting bullets in our microwave and everything," said Jessica O'Banion, the man's wife. "I don't know how the fire started or what even happened to make him want to start it. But, he started a fire in my trailer."

A South Bend Fire Department investigator observed three separate points of origin for the fire inside the mobile home, and they
determined that the cause of the fire was "incendiary," meaning deliberately set.

Firefighters were able to knock the small blaze out quickly, but the trailer sustained significant damage.

"I don't have anything," O'Banion said. "I don't have any type of help, at all. I have loving neighbors, a loving community."

O'Banion was noncompliant with the on-scene officers' verbal commands, and at one point pushed the officer.

O'Banion was arrested at the scene.

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