On April 11th, 2018 at 1813 hrs., Firefighters from the Linwood Fire Department and Deputies from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office were called to an address of 5938 213th Ave NE to a structure fire. The call was originally for an RV on fire. The Firefighters put out the RV, and then an individual at that location approached the Firefighters with a blunt object in each hand and began to strike two firefighters about the head and face. After attacking the firefighters, the individual ran back into the home at that address and it is believed he started that structure on fire.
The individual was acting in an erratic manner, climbing onto the roof of the burning home and arming himself with a knife. The male refused to surrender or drop his knife and Deputies deployed “less than lethal” bean bag rounds at him to attempt bring him under control. The male dropped his knife, but continued to stay on the roof, even as the roof began to collapse due to the raging fire beneath it. The male eventually jumped off the roof and tried to escape, but he was captured. The male was taken to the hospital for evaluation and will be booked at the Anoka County Jail for Assault and Arson.
The individual arrested is identified as:
John Vernon Tuma DOB: 2-14-1979
The home burned is believed to be owned by a relative of Tuma. Tuma may have been residing there.
The Arson investigation is ongoing. The suspect has been arrested, but has not yet been formally charged. The case will be reviewed by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office who will determine if / what criminal charges are appropriate.