Indiana man arrested on federal arson charges for May fire at Amtrak facility

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INDIANAPOLIS – A Beech Grove man was arrested Monday in Indianapolis on federal criminal charges for allegedly setting fire to two buildings at the Amtrak facility in Beech Grove in May.

According to court documents, Casey Sage, 34, trespassed onto the grounds of the Amtrak facility on May 1.  Surveillance video captured Sage as he moved around the Amtrak facility rail yard. Then, in the early morning hours of May 2, he entered two storage buildings in the rail yard containing various flammable or hazardous chemicals and other materials. Sage ignited each building and its contents using railroad flares he picked up at the site.

Surveillance video captured several explosions and flying debris as first responders arrived and fought the flames. The buildings and their contents were destroyed, and Amtrak has estimated that the fires resulted in approximately $1 million in damages.

“Mr. Sage committed a violent and dangerous criminal act,” Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Childress said. “By burning down two buildings containing flammable and hazardous materials, Sage not only destroyed public property, he exposed first responders and Amtrak employees to a substantial risk of serious injury. We are grateful for our law enforcement partners’ quick response to the scene and their speedy efforts to investigate this case.”

Sage was charged with arson. If convicted, he faces 5 to 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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