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A northeast Indiana man is accused of sending threatening letters to a female, her father, her employer – and himself – as well as setting his own pickup on fire.

The Syracuse Police Department began investigating after Jason Wilson of Pickwick Drive in Syracuse and the female in Bremen reported getting threatening letters on Thursday.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, police were called to Wilson’s home in the 600 block of East Pickwick. When the arrived, they found Wilson in the backyard, leaning against a tree, and his truck on fire, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the department.

It said Wilson told officers that he noticed his truck was on fire and then someone tried to break out the sliding glass window of his house. He told police he chased the man, the two got into a fight and then the man got away.

Officers and K-9 units searched the area extensively and located no one, the police said.

On Saturday, Wilson and the female each got threatening letters that were turned over to police.

After following up on several leads and interviewing a number of witnesses, police said they now believe that Wilson sent the threatening letters to himself, the female and her father in Bremen, as well as the Kohl’s store in Warsaw where the female works.

On Wednesday, Wilson, 40, was arrested and charged with two counts of intimidation and one count of false informing.