Arson suspect surrenders in wake of parking garage blaze

Adams accused of using incendiary device to set fire to vehicles at college

The man suspected of causing a fire at the Iowa Central Community College parking garage Tuesday morning has turned himself in to the Fort Dodge Police Department.

Terrell Adams, 22, of Fort Dodge, surrendered Wednesday evening at the Webster County Law Enforcement Center on a charge of first-degree arson, a class B felony.

Adams is also charged with possession of an explosive or incendiary device and first-degree criminal mischief, both class C felonies.

He’s accused of causing a fire inside the Iowa Central parking garage, located at 1 Triton Circle, Tuesday morning around 4:30 a.m.

The criminal complaints, filed with the Webster County attorney’s office, allege that Adams taped and ignited “a mortar shell/explosive device to a flammable hair spray container” in order to set a vehicle inside the parking garage on fire.

The criminal complaint said there was more than $10,000 in damage.

Adams, a former student at Iowa Central, caused damage to at least three vehicles inside the garage, as well as the garage itself.

Tom Beneke, Iowa Central’s vice president for enrollment management and student development, confirmed that Adams was a student at Iowa Central in the fall of 2017, but he is no longer enrolled at the college.

On a social media profile that appeared to belong to Adams, he stated that he studied fire science at Iowa Central.

Beneke was unable to confirm that.

At Adams’ initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Thursday morning, Magistrate Steve Kersten set the suspect’s bond at $27,000 cash only.

In addition to issuing no-contact orders between Adams, the college and three named owners of the damaged vehicles, Kersten also appointed attorney Judd Parker, of Adel, to represent Adams in the case.

A preliminary hearing for Adams has been set for Sept. 14.

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