INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A 16-year-old boy has been formally charged after police say he admitted to starting a house fire that killed his adoptive father last Thursday.
IMPD says Jordan Marin-Doan is being charged with murder, arson and auto theft.
The teen’s adoptive father, 45-year-old Jason Doan, died after being pulled from the blaze on Highland Road on the city's northwest side. An autopsy showed he died from “inhalation of products of combustion,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
Family members of Jason are remembering him as a hero, saying he broke a window and lifted his husband and two other children, an 11-month-old and 10-year-old, out to safety.
“He pushed me through the window, passed me the kids, and he said get out, get away from here and he saved me,” said Jason’s husband Alan Marin last Sunday, just a few days after Jason died.
Police found the teen on Friday, sitting in the family’s Jeep Wrangler outside a Roadway Inn in Decatur, according to the affidavit. He was then detained and taken to the City County Building.
During an interview with police, the teen said he got gas for a weed eater and poured it in the middle of the home’s stairs and ignited it with a lighter, the affidavit says. He reportedly told police he then got scared, regretted what he had done and immediately left in the family’s Jeep.
During the course of IMPD’s investigation, officers found accelerants in the middle of the stairs and on carpet. Police say they also found a fuel mixture commonly used in weed eaters in the kitchen.
A family member told police that Jordan had been threatening to kill his adoptive parents, “so he could get a cell next to his [biological] father in prison.”
The family’s attorney tells us his husband and sister are working on funeral arrangements and trying to focus more on how Jason lived, than how police say his own son killed him.
“He had a heart of gold, he did something nice for someone every day,” said Missi Story, Jason’s sister.
His biological grandparents tell me Jordan is not the mean person people are making him out to be, but didn't comment further per the advice of the family's lawyer.
They plan to be at his first hearing tomorrow.