A transient who got into a dispute with a Lakewood homeowner last week tried to burn down that person’s home as he was leaving, according to police.
The 27-year-old was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree arson after being detained on an unrelated trespassing charge, police spokesman Chris Lawler said Tuesday. He was arraigned Tuesday on the charge, and his bail was set at $100,000.
The incident happened about 1:45 a.m. Friday in the 9300 block of Meadow Road Southwest, according to court documents.
According to Lawler:
The 27-year-old and the homeowner, who knew each other, were arguing outside the home before the fire started. Both escaped from the home, which was destroyed by the blaze, without injury.
Police found no one else in the area and believe the 27-year-old set the fire. When detectives interviewed the man Monday, he denied setting the fire.