UPDATE: Plea Change In Destruction Of CCMC Property

By: Mollie Lair, Todd Baucher Email
By: Mollie Lair, Todd Baucher Email

UPDATE: 2/3/2013

He's accused of setting his apartment on fire, then smashing a window at Camden Clark Medical Center.

Eddie Cox Jr. says he's not guilty by reason of mental illness.

He's charged with two separate cases of destruction of property, one at a 7-eleven, the other for breaking a glass window at Camden-Clark Medical Center.

It happened when he went to the hospital after setting his own apartment on fire. He was previously sentenced for first degree arson.

UPDATE: March 1, 2012

He's already charged for creating a ruckus at an area hospital. Now, Eddie Cox Jr. is accused of setting his own apartment on fire.

Authorities Thursday charged Cox with first degree arson.

Police and fire investigators say on February 20th, Cox turned on the kitchen stove in his Market Street apartment and placed clothing and rugs on top of it to start a fire. Police say he then left the building.

A few hours after that, police say Cox was arrested for disorderly conduct and destruction of property for smashing a glass window at Camden-Clark Medical Center.

He's been in the North Central Regional Jail since that arrest and will remain there until his next hearing.

UPDATE: 2/21/2012 9:01 PM

It started with a fire at Historic Village Apartments on Market Street. Investigators say the fire in Apartment 202 was arson., and now the man who lives there is a person of interest.

"He's the tenant of that particular apartment is a person of interest obviously right now in our arson investigation. There haven't been any charges filed at this time. Its been assigned to a detective and that investigation is taking place right now," says Parkersburg Police Department Sergeant Greg Collins.

Chief Fire Inspector Captain Tim Flinn says they believe Eddie Cox wanted to set his apartment on fire. The stove-top was on and piled on top were clothe, a welcome mat, and other flammable items.

But the story doesn't end there. Cox was arrested soon after for throwing an object through the glass at the Camden Clark Memorial Campus Emergency Department.

"I'm sure folks were startled, but like I said security was on the scene immediately and he was immediately confronted and detained. Actually we had 3 security guards there within a matter of seconds. Within 30 seconds three security personnel were on scene and the police department was there momentarily after that," says Director of Safety and Security Tom Joyce.

officials say that object cox threw was part of a fire extinguisher. he was arrested and faces charges of disorderly conduct and destruction of property.

"The security presence within Camden Clark Medical Center across both campuses is very robust and there's a commitment from administration to keep our patients, employees, visitors, and our property safe," says Joyce.

Cox was arraigned but could not post his $600 bond. No arrests have been made in connection with the fire.

UPDATE: 2/21/2012 10:00 AM

Investigators say a fire Monday evening at Historic Village Apartments, 1133 Market Street, was arson.

All residents in the 29 unit complex were forced to evacuate.

We're told it was sparked in the kitchen of apartment 202. Edward Cox lives there. No one was home so firefighters had to break down the door. There are no injuries, but officials say there is $15,000 worth of damage.

While Cox has not been charged in connection with the fire, he was arrested a short time later after a disturbance at the memorial campus of Camden Clark Medical Center.

According to Sgt. Greg Collins of the Parkersburg Police Department, Cox showed up at the hospital around 9 p.m. and threw part of a fire hydrant through a window of the emergency room.

The 44-year old Cox is charged with disorderly conduct and destruction of property.

His bond was set at $600 by a Wood County magistrate, and he was expected to be transferred to the North Central Regional Jail Tuesday morning.

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  • by Really Location: Parkersburg on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM
    Really...600$ Someone really went and bailed this guy out. Who in their right mind would do that? Eddie should stay in jail or Sharps for the rest of his life. He is ok on his meds. But that only last a week or so then here comes crazy Eddie
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM
    was very ironic
  • by jeb Location: midohiovalley on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:36 AM
    Sorry but there is just no excuse for this type of behavior.....setting a fire then blocking the door shows skill and planning....no regard for the 29 other people living in the building meaning their property or their lives!People could have died because of theses reckless , deliberate actions!This guy tried to burn down a building he knew was occupied by his own neighbors then went down to the hospital and went on the attack causing a violent disturbance in the ER lobby....that two separate crimes in one evening....by all means this guy needs lock up in an institution for the publics saftey!
  • by iris blair on Feb 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM
    He is also the one that threw a rock thru my store window. The 7-eleven on tje corner of 13 th and avery.
  • by weird Location: parkersburg on Feb 21, 2012 at 08:47 PM
    Anyone find it ironic he threw a fire extinguisher through the window? Kinda weird to me.
  • by John Location: Parkersburg on Feb 21, 2012 at 08:06 PM
    $600? R u serious??? Absolutely crazy!
  • by Me2 Location: Parkersburg on Feb 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM
    To "Me" this guy has mental issues and if you dealt with him at both hospitals then you should know that and throwing him in jail and throwing away the key is going to do what?? He needs mental help not jail time. I hope of you work at the hospitals I never have to be treated or taken care of by you.
  • by me Location: Parkersburg on Feb 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM
    Thank god. Hopefully they lock this crazy guy up for good. Ive had to deal with him so much at both hospitals. Throw the key away on this guy
  • by Marigrace Location: Parkersburg on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:45 AM
    The apartments are the three story yellowish brick apartments between St. Pauls Methodist Church at 11th and Market and The Sly Fox Bar at 13th and Market. They are on the same side of the road as the church and Sly Fox as well. Across Street from Santer and Santer Offices.
  • by Doug Location: Parkersburg on Feb 21, 2012 at 03:28 AM
    Where are these apartments? Never heard of Historic Village Apts.
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      by ed gein on Feb 22, 2012 at 01:59 AM in reply to Doug
      i lived in these apartments at one time there the only true ghetto apartments in parkersburg
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